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Backup Goalies - Part 3: Cam's Graveyard

2020.09.26 18:02 AostheGreat Backup Goalies - Part 3: Cam's Graveyard

The problem started right after the Cup win, but it became a real and substantial issue with Justin Peters, a young goalie on the rise who had success in the AHL in the years after the 2009 run.
The team and the fans saw Justin Peters as the future. We talked about how good he was going to be one day, how he should be getting his shot any day now. How he was going to be the undisputed number two behind Cam. But.... He never spent an entire season in the NHL, splitting his time between Raleigh and Charlotte. He just wasn't...good. The only time he put up respectable NHL numbers in a respectable amount of NHL playing time was 2013/14. Don't get me wrong he was god-tier in the minors, but that never translated into real sustainable NHL success. During the lockout in 2012, I actually got to see him play in Charlotte and he shut out a team that had totally solved Dan Ellis, his partner in crime on the Checkers, the night prior. The dude was a stud for the Checkers. Then the NHL season started back up in 2013 and Peters and Ellis would be thrust into the limelight. But not in a good way.
Now, the shortened 2013 season was something of an anomaly because the Hurricanes were, like, good. Not conquer the world good, not contend for the Cup good, but leading the Southeast good. Playoff good. For the first time in a while, the team in front of Cam Ward was scoring thanks to some timely one-year wonders. Alexander Semin (remember him?) was a PPG, Jiri Tlusty had his 15 minutes, and Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner put up solid numbers, and Eric Staal was his usual self. Cam was having a bit of an off year, but for him, an off year was just below NHL average. He keeps even that pace up and the Hurricanes are playoff.... Oh. Oh no. Cam Ward got injured. He was out for the rest of the season. The Hurricanes fell from a playoff spot by leading the Southeast Division into and through the Earth's crust without Cam. Ellis' numbers were only marginally worse than Cam's, but remember, Cam was having an off year. Plus, Ellis split his starts with Peters and Justin Peters could not stop a puck to save his life. Dan Ellis was gone after that year, and Justin Peters was set to step into the role that the team always meant for him to be in. He actually recovered and bounced back with the best season of his career the very next year.
But then a new guy stepped up. He was a free agent signing that prior offseason and he put up absurd numbers in 2013/14. He was so good that he got more starts than Cam (who, to be fair, was going through injury trouble that year and was terrible).
But we'll get back to that guy later.
That 2013/14 season signaled the beginning of a new era of Cam Ward's time with the Hurricanes. As he entered his 30s, the Hurricanes stopped looking for a guy who could serve as a reliable but indisputably secondary option behind Cam and changed strategies. At first, the Hurricanes tried to get him a 1b. Someone who could split a season fairly evenly with Cam, but still be behind him on the roster. They wanted to get away from the 'make Cam Ward start over 65 games a year' nonsense. In the 2015 offseason, the Hurricanes found and subsequently acquired a guy who they believed could be that 1b.
Eddie Lack had been in Vancouver the season prior and was lights out great with the Canucks. He came to the Hurricanes, had a lighter workload, and completely cratered. His SV% dropped a full 20 points from 0.921 to 0.901, and his GAA took a hike up a mountain from 2.45 to 2.81. But maybe that was just a fluke. Maybe it was just a prolonged adjustment to a new team. After all, he went from a 101-point team under Willie Desjardins to an 86-point team under Kinetico Corsi Man. Maybe he just needed time to get back to where everyone knew he could be. Besides, the fans loved the Swedish Eagle and he loved the fans back. He also really loved himself some tacos, but only at Gonza and only if they rhymed. So, the Hurricanes gave him a contract worth $2.75M per year for 2016/17 and 2017/18. Surely he'd improve. Well, he did, but only just barely and he had way lighter workload. The Hurricanes decided that he just wasn't worth that contract, and so Eddie got traded to Calgary.
Now, I would be remiss at this point if I didn't mention Jorge Alves. Alves was and still is the Hurricanes' long-time equipment manager, and he found himself in the spotlight in that 2016/17 season. On December 31, the Hurricanes were set to play the Lightning in Tampa Bay. Then Eddie Lack got sick on gameday, so there was no time to call up a 21-year-old Alex Nedeljkovic or any other replacement. So the Hurricanes signed Jorge Alves to a one-day emergency contract and had him as the backup. The Hurricanes would lose the game 3-1, but Coach Peters had a rare moment where he did a good thing. In the waning seconds of the game, he sent in Jorge so that he could get his NHL debut. Even though they lost, the Hurricanes came off the bench to surround Alves and celebrate his story, not knowing that it would play itself out again a little more than three years later.
As the 2016/17 season wound down, the Hurricanes realized that their goalie situation was busted. Again. Eddie Lack was nowhere near the level of play he had been at in Vancouver and Cam Ward had hit his cliff. So the Hurricanes shifted strategies again. Instead of trying to find Cam Ward a 1b, they tried to find his replacement. That replacement would have to come from a team that knew how to win, and it would have to be a goalie that said winning team would be willing to give up, probably...a backup. But the goalie needed to actually be good and it wouldn't hurt if he was relatively young. In April of 2017, the Hurricanes sent a third round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for the final headstone in Cam Ward's graveyard.
Scott Darling should have been one of the most amazing stories the hockey world has ever seen. The guy slogged his way through an array of minor leagues and battled alcohol troubles and beat it all, and eventually he got to the top of the hockey world. His first NHL season was on the 2014/15 Blackhawks. He started in five NHL playoff games and won the Stanley Cup, and his career went up from there. The next year, he got more games and maintained solid, if not amazing numbers. The year after that, he had about the same workload and his numbers dramatically improved. It was enough to warrant a four year contract worth over four million dollars per year a week after he got to Carolina. The it came time to play hockey and Scott Darling was.....oh my good lord he's terrible. After the 2017/18 season, the Hurricanes now had an anchor of a contract. The next year, Darling was sent to the minors for the vast majority of the next season. The gap between his contract and his play was so large that teams weren't even willing to claim him off of waivers that offseason.
That 2018 offseason was a transformative one for the franchise in many ways, but especially on the roster as the Hurricanes made one of the most difficult decisions in team history. But it was one that had to be made. The Carolina Hurricanes and Cam Ward finally parted ways. It ended an era where the Hurricanes tried to find someone who could backup their superstar, but all of their attempts ended up falling short, and none of them really found success elsewhere after their time in Raleigh. Carolina essentially buried career after career. But then Cam Ward left, ending once and for all Cam Ward's graveyard.
But...the graveyard found itself a zombie.
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2020.09.26 15:38 ZandrickEllison Offseason Blueprint: The Toronto Raptors already had their fairy tale ending, but now they'd like a sequel

The playoffs continue to rage on, but there are 26 teams sitting at home with nothing to do but twiddle their thumbs, watch the Conference Finals, and wait for next season to start.
For their sake, we wanted to look ahead with the next edition of the OFFSEASON BLUEPRINT series. In each, we'll preview some big decisions and make some recommendations for plans of attack along the way. Today, we're looking at the Toronto Raptors
step one: Wish Upon a Star...
When the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies came into the league (in 1995), expectations weren't terribly high. They felt like filler teams, made for Michael Jordan to break records against. Maybe they'd have a playoff appearance here and there, but there's way that they'd ever be an elite contender. There was no way that some random ass team from Canada would rise to the top of the league. Sadly, Vancouver has fallen off the map (for now), but Toronto has exploded as one of the best stories and best franchises in the association.
This fairy tale didn't happen overnight. The Raptors had some nice moments and nice young stars in the past -- Damon Stoudamire, Vince Carter, Chris Bosh -- but they won a grand total of 1 playoff series over their first 20 seasons in the NBA. Given that, their latest stretch has been remarkable. They've won 48 games for seven seasons in a row, including 50+ in each of the last five. They won with Kawhi Leonard, but they managed to survive and stay relevant without him as well. Making the playoffs has become part of their DNA. Masai Ujiri, Nick Nurse, and Kyle Lowry have earned a lot of attention and credit for that (rightfully so), but we also have to give credit to Coach Dwane Casey and DeMar DeRozan for helping to get the ball rolling in the first place.
Wisely, the Raptors locked up Nick Nurse to a contract extension this offseason. The next step should be doing the same with Ujiri. The fact that high-profile teams and big markets like the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, L.A. Lakers, and L.A. Clippers all have power brokers in place should be seen as a positive there. There aren't many franchises that in a position to throw $10M+ his way. Still, there's no reason the team should let their magic genie Ujiri go. In a league where role players get $10-15M a year, top executives deserve to get obscenely rich as well. Losing Ujiri would sting badly -- not only for basketball reasons, but also for reputation reasons. The Raptors have had all their wishes come true so far; they can't start pinching pennies now just because it's expensive to varnish a magic lamp.
step two: convince FVV that there is nothing more than this provincial life
It's the dream of every college basketball player to earn the attention and affection of NBA scouts. At Wichita State, Fred VanVleet did his part to turn their eye. He started 100+ games, and helped lead the Shockers to a combined record of 121-24 across four seasons on campus. When he finally strolled into the NBA ballroom... he received nothing but crickets. Eyerolls. Murmurs about his unappealing body. He didn't get drafted at all.
Now, four seasons and one championship later, the league suitors are singing a different tune. It's going to be a weak free agent class, and FVV is one of the Belles of the ball. There's talk that he can generate $15M, $18M, $20M! in salary per season. Heck, I've even heard some talk like 4 years, $100M (that's $25M per year, if you're no bookworm like Belle.)
Ironically, it's some of the same qualities that made NBA scouts dismiss him that make FVV an appealing target now. He's shorter and stubbier, but that strength allows him to play and defend both PG and SG. In fact, basketball-reference charted him as playing 56% of his minutes at SG this season. VanVleet's shooting prowess (39.3% from three for his career) also fits like a glove in the modern NBA. He can be a lead guard, or he can be a complementary 3+D spacing guard... he can do a variety of things to win a team win. As such, he's a "high floor" and "high character" acquisition that can justify an inflated salary, a la Malcolm Brogdon last year (who got 4 years, $85M total from Indiana.)
VanVleet would be a valuable addition to any team, but he's especially valuable to this particular Toronto team. He's already shown that he can play alongside Kyle Lowry, but he may have an even larger role in the future. Lowry's massive contract ($30M per year) is coming off the books after next year. As good as Lowry has been, he's 34 now, and he's not going to be a viable starter forever. VanVleet can continue to play in tandem with Lowry now, and then potentially take the reins of the lead guard position for the next 5 years after. Through that lens, $20M doesn't sound unreasonable at all. I also like the idea of retaining some members of the title team as long as possible, as it adds prestige to the franchise.
No doubt, the Raps will want VanVleet back, even if he's paid $20M per season. He may be worth that. The question is: what happens if he gets offered more than he's worth? What if the Knicks get crazy and offer him $25M or more?
Toronto can't get into an unreasonable bidding war, but they can evoke VanVleet's emotional connection to the franchise and fan base. They helped give him the development and opportunity to become a star. And while Toronto isn't a traditional "big market" compared to New York City, it may be more appealing. Toronto’s a thriving city, where $20 (or $20M) goes a lot further than NYC. Moreover, VanVleet will be a beloved member of the Raptors' franchise and their legacy. If he goes off to be a hired gun somewhere else, those new fans may turn on him as soon as his shooting slumps. If Toronto is effectively "The Beast" (that you learned to love), the Knicks may be "Gaston," the showy rival that you'll only end up resenting. I truly believe that VanVleet is better off in Toronto (even at 80-90% of the price) than going to a franchise like the Knicks. Of course, it's not my decision to make.
step three: Jack and the (singular) Beanstalk
Presuming that Toronto is able to come up with a new accord with Fred VanVleet, they'll have limited coins left in the purse. They may need to make a decision regarding their bigs, with both Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka entering free agency as well. These are two decorated veterans who have gotten used to gold (this season, Gasol made $25.5M and Ibaka made $23M.)
While the Raptors' frontcourt depth helped them win a title, it doesn't make sense to double dip and OVERLOAD on the position. The modern NBA doesn't cater to centers, so you don't want to tilt your salary cap too much in that direction. Moreover, backup Chris Boucher (also a free agent) deserves some more playing time. It's very realistic for the team to pick one of their current bigs, and roll with Boucher as a backup.
Between the two bigs, I'd lean to retaining Serge Ibaka over Marc Gasol myself. As always, Gasol's raw stats -- 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds -- don't reflect his actual value. He's a good, heady basketball player who is able to stretch the court offensively. Even at age 35, he's still a good defensive presence. In fact, ESPN's RPM metric graded him as a +3.4 impact per 100 possessions on defense, 5th best among all centers. Still, it's hard to ignore the age factor. Gasol's 35 now, and turning 36 in January. Based on either the eye test or analytics, you can see some decline in his play. Retaining him on a 1-year deal would make sense, but anything more than that would be risky.
Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka is no spring chicken himself. He's listed at 31 (and some think he may be older than that.) Still, he doesn't appear to be in as noticeable of a decline. He still has some spring to his legs, which aids him as a rim protector and also helps him convert inside on offense. He actually outpaced Gasol this year in terms of true shooting percentage 58% to 55%. Overall, Gasol vs. Ibaka is fairly even right now, but we'd have to lean in favor of the younger player as we project to the future. All things (and contracts) being equal, I'd re-sign Serge Ibaka. If Gasol wants to undercut Ibaka and come in for a cheaper deal, then that's a legitimate option as well. Center is less of a priority for all teams right now, and the Raps shouldn't overpay for competent play down low.
step four: dream of a date with Prince Charming, but settle for Prince Charming-Enough
The Toronto Raptors and their fans have their eyes on the prize: Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak may hit free agency in 2021, at which point the Raptors could be a legitimate contender for his services.
Realistically, it's hard to imagine the team clearing enough space to sign Antetokounmpo outright. They'd have the room if they didn't re-sign Fred VanVleet or Serge Ibaka to long-term deals, but if they did that, why would Antetokounmpo want to come play for them? He's not leaving Milwaukee unless he signs up with a superior roster.
More likely, Toronto would need to work out some sign and trade centered on Pascal Siakam (and his $30M salary.) If the Raptors had the chance to grab Antetokounmpo, they wouldn't mind waving their diamond in the rough Siakam goodbye. There's some duplication to their talents and skill sets, only Antetokounmpo is a much better version of it. He's also about a year younger. With a Siakam to Antetokounmpo upgrade, the Raps would be right back in the title picture again.
While this whole entry has been about fairy tales, let's take a step back and presume that doesn't happen. What then...?
The first step would be trying to put Siakam in better situations to score. He had been incredibly efficient as a secondary option behind Kawhi Leonard, crashing in the paint and shooting 60.2% from two-point range. This past season, as the go-to scorer, he found those shots harder to come by and saw his two-point percentage plummet down to 49.9%. As a result, his true shooting numbers crashed from 62.8% to 55.4%. Some of that is injury related, but a lot of it is shot distribution and defensive attention. Simply put, Siakam had to work a lot harder to get his points. The prior season, 49% of his twos and 98% of his threes were assisted. This year, those numbers dropped to 42% and 66% respectively. He also took longer threes. In 2018-19, 68% of his three pointers came in the corner. This year, that dropped to 22%. (All numbers courtesy of basketball-reference.)
Overall, the Raptors may need to rethink their usage of Siakam and have him take a step back as a lead option. While the team was still successful overall, their offense wasn't any great shakes, ranking 14th overall. That has to improve if they want to win the East again. One way to potentially do that is to redistribute the scoring wealth. Rather than treating Siakam as a top option, treat him as an option. He's a solid scorer and ball mover -- like most of his teammates -- so let's get them all involved equally. The Raptors goal should be to have their top 6 players (Siakam, Lowry, FVV, O.G. Anunoby, Ibaka/Gasol, and Norman Powell) all average around 15 points per game. They can also get more from rising players like Chris Boucher, Terence Davis, and Matt Thomas (a better marksman than Snow White's Huntsman). With balanced scoring like that from all over the roster, they may be able to get their offense back into the top 10. Better still, they may spin a whole new fairy tale for the Canadian kids to enjoy.
previous offseason blueprints
ATL, BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, GS, LAC, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, POR, SA, SAC, UTA
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2020.09.26 01:24 whoiswillo Career Stage Points and Playoff Preview: Las Vegas

And then there were 12. With the next two rounds being wildcards, drivers will be looking to maximize the closest thing to a normal weekend we will have in this round of the playoffs. And that means earning a ton of stage points, so while stage points are important every week (compare Blaney's season to his playoffs for a great example of this), they're even more important this week. First, let's take a look at some of the key playoff drivers, and how their stage point history at Las Vegas has them feeling this weekend.
Feeling Good: Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex, Jr. and Chase Elliott.
Harvick is a whopping 64 stage points ahead of the cutline, so even if he wasn't good at Vegas (he is), he would be happy. The fact that he has 77 career stage points and has earned points in every single stage run at the track since 2018 is just frosting on the cake. A solid run at Vegas could protect him even if he is suddenly hit with a bad case of bad luck after leaving Vegas.
Logano and Elliott come in feeling okay, 17 and 16 points above the cut line respectively, but they've both had quite the history at Vegas, each earning two stage wins and points in all but one stage run at the track. While they still would need to avoid trouble at Charlotte and Talladega, they can give themselves some breathing room just by performing as usual in Sin City.
Meanwhile, Truex Jr. is the happiest man to be headed to Vegas. He's amassed a whopping 93 stage points in his career at the track, one of the highest totals for any driver at any track, and he's won more stages (4) than he's had stage finishes outside the top three (3). Sitting only 11 points above the cutline, Truex has to be happy he can start at a place where he's always been successful.
Pretty Darn Good: Brad Keselowski
Brad hasn't earned points in the last two races run at Vegas, but only driver not listed above to have also won a stage at Vegas, and his worst finish at Vegas in the stage racing era is 7th. With a 30 point bubble over the cut-off point, Keselowski has to have a lot of confidence going into Vegas.
Glad he has a lot of Playoff Points: Denny Hamlin
This is not one of Hamlin's better tracks, having only led a total of 18 laps at the track and only earning points in three of the stages he's run at the track. He's only scored two top tens at the track in his last six starts, and he has no top fives at all in that period. He has 43 points above the cutline and that has to give him some relief, but he will need to avoid some surprise speed from other drivers to feel really good heading into the remaining two races.
Hoping for some luck: Kurt and Kyle Busch
Both are below the cutline. In their last two starts they've managed a combined eight stage points. Kurt Busch, in particular, seems snakebit at the track, with five DNFs, which is second among recently active drivers (only Malcolm McDowell has more, and that's counting Joe Nemechek). That said, they've shown they can earn stage points at times in Vegas, and they only need to beat four drivers to do so, and those four drivers are in our next group.
Rolling the dice: Alex Bowman, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola
These four drivers have led a total of 26 laps at Las Vegas combined in their careers, which puts them behind Daniel Suarez in career laps led at the track. They've also only earned a combined 38 stage points at the track, with Bowyer having never earned a single stage point in Vegas. Bowman was the only one to earn stage points in the Spring race, with five total points earned in the first two stages of that race. With all four drivers below or within a few points of the cut line, and with as crazy as the remaining two races may be, they will all be looking to outperform their past.
CAREER STAGE POINTS AT LAS VEGAS
  1. Martin Truex Jr. 93
  2. Joey Logano 77
  3. Kevin Harvick 77
  4. Chase Elliott 62
  5. Kyle Larson 51
  6. Ryan Blaney 51
  7. Brad Keselowski 44
  8. Kurt Busch 30
  9. Kyle Busch 26
  10. William Byron 21
  11. Jimmie Johnson 19
  12. Alex Bowman 18
  13. Denny Hamlin 17
  14. Jamie McMurray 14
  15. Aric Almirola 14
  16. Erik Jones 10
  17. Daniel Suarez 9
  18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 8
  19. Austin Dillon 6
  20. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5
  21. Ryan Newman 3
  22. Matt Kenseth 2
  23. Paul Menard 2
  24. Ross Chastain 1
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2020.09.26 00:34 Coldcoffees An analysis of this week's ominous vignette on NXT and the most likely candidates for TakeOver's big mystery return

TL;DR: I spent way too much time doing something that ended with me concluding that the mystery return is going to be Bo Dallas, enjoy!
Hey all, I enjoy a mysterious vignette or two and on NXT this week we got one that teased a return to the brand without giving too many clues as to who it was, with the biggest clue alluding to the person in question being a former NXT champion. In this thread I will dissect the evidence and present a list containing what I believe to be the most likely candidates responsible for the ominous vignette.
Transcript
"I'm not sure what happened. I helped create something out of my own blood. Years and years of dedication, only to be taken over by paper champions. These NXT Championships have been in isolation for far too long. Now I've come back, to take what is mine."
Evidence Presented
  • A mask with string attached: Looks like it could be either a Japanese-Kitsune style mask, or even a Wyatt Family sheep mask. The string attached may have significance as Asuka has worn similar masks in the past.
  • Literature (perhaps a magazine or poster) showing a person: A lot of people have said the person in the photo seems to bare a striking resemblance to Io Shirai, however to me personally I can't help but see this photo of AJ Styles.
  • The coat being worn by the return-ee: A few things to note here. The coat being worn by the person has fur on the right shoulder, similar to coats worn by Asuka in the past. The left shoulder is actually bare; while you can't tell much by looking at their shoulder (no noticeable tattoos or markings), others have said that it seems to resemble the shoulder of a woman (although I think that might be reaching).
  • The person's hands: Another physical feature that people have pointed towards as being evidence for the returning wrestler being a woman is the hand that is briefly shown. The hand appears to have longer fingernails. The distorted voice is also a good disguise if the person shown is a woman.
  • The championship title: It's difficult to know exactly whether or not the championship in the vignette is the men's or women's championship due to the green lighting of the vignette distorts the image of the championship. Personally I think this aids to the theory that the person is a woman.
Former NXT Champions
While it isn't certain, the language in the promo and the interaction with the championship title seems to dictate that the wrestler featured is a past singles champion in NXT. So let's take a look at where the former champions are now, and if they are active (keeping in mind that an inactive wrestler is more likely to be the person featured). I have applied bold text to those who are inactive and still signed:
NXT Champions
Name Active/Inactive Signed to WWE?
Seth Rollins Active Yes
Big E Active Yes
Bo Dallas Inactive Yes
Neville Inactive No
Sami Zayn Active Yes
Kevin Owens Active Yes
Finn Balor Active Yes
Samoa Joe Inactive Yes
Shinsuke Nakamura Active Yes
Bobby Roode Inactive Yes
Drew McIntyre Active Yes
Andrade Active Yes
Aleister Black Active Yes
Tommaso Ciampa Active Yes
Johnny Gargano Active Yes
Adam Cole Active Yes
Keith Lee Active Yes
Karrion Kross Active Yes
NXT Women's Champions
Name Active/Inactive Signed to WWE?
Paige Inactive Yes
Charlotte Inactive Yes
Sasha Banks Active Yes
Bayley Active Yes
Asuka Active Yes
Ember Moon Inactive Yes
Shayna Baszler Active Yes
Kairi Sane Inactive Yes
Rhea Ripley Active Yes
Io Shirai Active Yes
Possible Candidates
Considering the evidence presented above, we can observe the following candidates:
  • Asuka: One of the stronger candidates, there are several clues that point to the person being Asuka. The mask, the fur coat and the hand appear to resemble the Empress. However, there is evidence against Asuka's case; why would she say "I helped create something out of my own blood"? She was not involved with NXT during its inception and so this would not make sense coming from her.
  • Bo Dallas: While Bo Dallas may not have long fingernails, he absolutely was signed to NXT and was the third ever champion in NXT and truly did a lot to help establish the brand before it was "taken over" (remember that Bo never wrestled on a Takeover during his time on NXT). Bo's history with the company spans back to FCW, WWE's previous developmental territory prior to NXT. Also, let's face it, on the comedic side of things, Bo Dallas is a known conspiracy theorist and is probably the person most suited to a vignette like this. Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer recently said on one of his radio shows that he had received information suggesting that Bo was on his way back, but Alvarez's sources aren't spectacularly reliable so don't take too much notice of that. The person also mentions "out of my own blood"; with a sheep mask also being featured in the vignette, perhaps they're alluding to someone in their real family? One of Bo's most recent Instagram posts was one reflecting upon his time as the first ever NXT Champion.
  • Bobby Roode: While Bobby Roode may not be a fluffy-shoulder coat-wearing night-light pipe thrower, that doesn't rule out the currently-inactive former NXT Champion. Calling champions proceeding his reign "paper champions" certainly wouldn't be outside of the realm of the NXT Bobby Roode character that we got to know in 2017. That being said, Roode is one of the more unlikely picks due to the nature of the character (unless this is a major gimmick change).
  • Ember Moon: Ember has been sidelined with an injury for an entire year (a whole year this week, in fact). One of her most recent updates was in July when she discussed that she was slowly progressing, but on her way to returning. Ember was known for having some interesting gear (particularly entrance gear) during her NXT run, and the attire donned in this vignette would not be outside of her realm of fashion.
  • Paige: Personally, I'd say that if Paige somehow managed to get cleared, this has to be her. The coat, the physical appearance, the language used in the promo, it all adds up. 0:26 in the vignette shows the coat also having spikes, which she frequently used on her gear. The line "only for it to be taken over by paper champions" points to this being Paige also; Paige was never defeated to lose her championship, and that was long before Takeovers started. She was also one of the wrestlers who managed to establish NXT as its own brand, having been in developmental for years and years prior to her main roster debut (including FCW). The main argument against it being Paige is that if she somehow managed to get cleared, surely they would save something like this for the main roster, especially with her being such a big star.
  • Samoa Joe: 2-time NXT Champion Samoa Joe up until very recently was doing commentary on the RAW brand, but has all of a sudden conveniently disappeared from commentary. No reason was given for this and he has not been mentioned since, which is odd given that they had teased him feuding with Seth again. While the vignette may not suit Joe's character, a change in gimmick reflecting a character he portrayed in TNA. It seems unlikely to be Joe as their physical appearance doesn't match his in the vignette.
Conclusion
I keep going back and forth on who I think it is. To me, the person shown in the vignette seems more like a woman, but the women candidates mentioned above don't seem to fit the bill (with the most likely person being permanently sidelined by a career-ending injury). I think most of the evidence points towards it being Bo Dallas. The third ever NXT Champion is only 30 and has been out of action for almost a year. Why did they release Axel but not Bo? All of that and the evidence above leads me to believe the most likely candidate is Bo Dallas, and I'm so excited to Bolieve again.
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2020.09.23 17:43 jango-b A Completionist Guide to Yes Live: Part Four, Rite of Spring through The Royal Affair

The final entry in my collection of Yes live, a list of most songs from every tour, and the best quality recordings I could find of each. See part three here.
Yes toured a ton in this decade (over 450 shows plus ARW), some setlists are repetitive, and most tours that were not officially released are audience recordings.
YES TOURS PART FOUR: 2011 - 2019
RITE OF SPRING (2011) David, Squire, Howe, Downes, White
This tour was short (19 shows) and I could not find a single soundboard. I got the best audience recordings, but none are great.
Close to the Edge, I’ve Seen All Good People, Long Distance Runaround, Whitefish/On the Silent Wings of Freedom, Machine Messiah, Owner of a Lonely Heart, Parallels, Roundabout, Starship Trooper, Tempus Fugit, Yours is No Disgrace, and Steve solos of Soon, To Be Over, and Ritual; Zeiterion Performing Arts Center (March 29, 2011, New Bedford MA).
Steve plays a solo version of Turn of the Century at; The Fillmore Charlotte (March 25, 2011, Charlotte, NC).
FLY FROM HERE (11-12) David/Davison, Squire, Howe, Downes, White
This tour was NOT short, but still no soundboard recordings, just audience recordings of lesser quality.
With Benoit David: Tempus Fugit, Yours is No Disgrace, I’ve Seen All Good People, Fly From Here Part 1, And You And I, Owner of a Lonely Heart, Roundabout, Starship Trooper; One For The Ages (July 8, 2011, Mashantucket CT).
With Benoit David: Life On a Film Set, Solitaire, Fly From Here (complete), Wonderous Stories, Into the Storm, Heart of the Sunrise; Teatro Smeraldo (November 24, 2011, Milano Italy).
In that last show, you can already hear Benoit David’s voice starting to suffer. There are recordings of the shows after this which are worse. Yes replaced him with Jon Davison and continued this tour in April 2012.
With Jon Davison: Yours is No Disgrace, Tempus Fugit, I’ve Seen All Good People, America, Sketches in the Sun, Clap, Fly From Here, Wonderous Stories, Into the Storm, Heart of the Sunrise, Awaken, Roundabout; NYCB Theater at Westbury (July 14, 2012, Westbury CT).
THREE ALBUM TOUR (13-14) Davison, Squire, Howe, Downes, White
Every song on this tour was released officially:
All of Going For the One and The Yes Album are on Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome (May 11, 2014, Bristol UK).
Fragile and Close to the Edge, plus Owner of a Lonely Heart; Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center (August 12, 2014, Mesa AZ).
HEAVEN & EARTH (2014) Davison, Squire, Howe, Downes, White
The H&E tour started immediately after the Three Album tour and the setlists were very similar. They just added a few songs from the new album.
No official release, but an official webcast:
All of Fragile and Close to the Edge, plus Believe Again, The Game, I’ve Seen all Good People, Owner of a Lonely Heart; Yahoo! Live Webcast (August 19, 2014, San Jose CA).
An audience recording of To Ascend; The Egg (July 6, 2014, Albany NY).
Chris’ last tour. Rest in peace, Fish.
TOUR WITH TOTO (2015) Davison, Sherwood, Howe, Downes, White
America, Don’t Kill the Whale, Going For The One, Starship Trooper, Tempus Fugit, Time And a Word, I’ve Seen All Good People, Siberian Khatru, Owner of a Lonely Heart and Roundabout*; Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre (August 31, 2015, Salt Lake City UT).*
Believe Again, White Car, Nine Voices, Clap, Soon; Cruise to the Edge – Norwegian Pearl (November 16, 2015).
THE ALBUM SERIES: FRAGILE & DRAMA (2016) Davison, Sherwood, Howe, Downes, Schellen
No official release. This tour only had 25 dates, and no soundboard recordings exist.
The best audience recording is Ancienne Belgique (May 14, 2016, Brussels Belgium). Set list is all of Drama and Fragile plus Time And a Word, Siberian Khatru, Going For the One, Owner of a Lonely Heart, and Starship Trooper.
Don’t Kill the Whale; Gran Teatro Geox (May 29, 2016, Padova Italy).
THE ALBUM SERIES: TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA (16-17) Davison, Sherwood, Howe, Downes, Schellen
Official release: All of Drama, And You And I, Heart of the Sunrise, Revealing Science of God, Leaves of Green, Ritual, Roundabout, and Starship Trooper; Topographic Drama – Live Across America (various concerts in February 2017, USA).
Perpetual Change; Tokyo 3rd Night (November 28, 2016, Tokyo Japan).
I’ve Seen All Good People; Tokyo 4th Night (November 29, 2016, Tokyo Japan).
Heat of the Moment (tribute to John Wetton); Cruise to the Edge (February 8, 2017).
YES FEATURING ARW (16-18) Anderson, Pomeroy, Rabin, Wakeman, Molino
They played over a hundred shows over three years, although the set list did not vary dramatically. And Trevor knocked a few of Rick’s teeth out. Accidentally.
Official release: And You And I, Awaken, Changes, Cinema, Heart of the Sunrise, Hold On, I’ve Seen All Good People, Lift Me Up, Long Distance Runaround, The Fish, Owner of a Lonely Heart, Perpetual Change, Rhythm of Love, Roundabout; Yes Featuring ARW - Live at the Apollo (March 25, 2017, Manchester UK).
I Am Waiting, Leaves of Green, South Side of the Sky; ARW Port Chester (September 21, 2017, Port Chester NY)
The Meeting; ARW Hard Rock Live (October 14, 2016, Orlando FL).
YESTIVAL (2017) Davison, Sherwood, Howe, Downes, White, Dylan Howe
This tour only had 23 dates before it was cancelled due to the tragic death of Virgil Howe. Only one show has a half-decent recording.
Survival, Time and a Word, Yours is No Disgrace, South Side of the Sky, And You And I, Leaves of Green, Soon, Going For The One, Don’t Kill The Whale, Machine Messiah, Madrigal, Roundabout, Starship Trooper; Yestival Mashantucket (August 10, 2017, Mashantucket CT).
YES AT 50 (18-19) Davison, Sherwood, Howe, Downes, White, Schellen, and guests
Official release: Awaken, Close to the Edge, Fly From Here Part 1, Leaves of Green, Madrigal, Mood For a Day, Nine Voices, Parallels, Sweet Dreams, Soon (with Patrick Moraz), Starship Trooper, Roundabout, and Yours is No Disgrace (with Tony Kaye); Yes 50 Live (July 20 & 21 2018, The Fillmore, Philadelphia PA).
Survival, Time and a Word, I’ve Seen All Good People, South Side of the Sky, And You And I, Clap, Downes solo, Going For The One, Don’t Kill The Whale, Machine Messiah; Cruise to the Edge (February 5, 2018).
Onward, Wonderous Stories, Revealing Science of God; Colston Hall (March 13, 2018, Bristol UK).
Fly From Here, Heart of the Sunrise, Perpetual Change, Does it Really Happen?; Wellmont Theater (July 7, 2018, Montclair NJ).
THE ROYAL AFFAIR (2019) Davison, Sherwood, Howe, Downes, White, Schellen
The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas (July 26, 2019) will be released October 30, 2020. Set list; America, Going For The One, I’ve Seen All Good People, Imagine, No Opportunity Necessary, Onward, Roundabout, Siberian Khatru, Starship Trooper, and Tempus Fugit.
Gates of Delirium, Rhythm of Love, Sketches in the Sun; Bethlehem (June 12, 2019, Bethlehem PA).
Clap; Uncasville (June 18, 2019, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT)
Second Initial; Saratoga California (July 28, 2019, The Mountain Winery, Saratoga CA)
THE FUTURE
Yes planned to tour in 2020 but had to postpone due to the pandemic. A tour is tentatively planned for 2021, including the entire Relayer album. There is also the possibility of a new albums from either of two different bands that call themselves Yes.
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2020.09.22 19:25 ShiganamiYT Re-Booking MITB Winners and Cash-Ins. 2005-2020

2005: Edge: Keep it the same even with the cash in. Made him the ultimate opportunist.
2006: RVD: Again solid guy to have win the briefcase and the match at One Night Stand was amazing.
2007: Jeff Hardy: Kennedy was a solid choice but if you give it to hardy and have edge take it from him than that in my opinion gives more of a story, because fans would be butthurt if it was Jeff who lost the briefcase instead of Kennedy. And it would make Jeff show up on smackdown to feud with Edge, Batista, and Taker.
2008: CM Punk: Keep it the same except maybe not book him like a chump and a mid carder as he is your WHC
2009: Christian: A lot of people including myself wanted Christian to at least win one MITB match and here would be great, have him cash in on Edge after his last man standing match with Cena at backlash.
2010: Shelton Benjamin: First off I’d make this a 6-7 man match and not 10. And giving it the Mr. Money in the Bank himself seems fair to me as I already gave one to Christian and the only other guys in this match I’d like were MVP and Ziggler. Have Benjamin cash in on Jericho the following smackdown like Swagger did.
2010 Raw: The Miz: Keep it the same except make him look good and not have him be over shadowed by Cena vs. Rock.
2010 Smackdown: Kane: Keep it the same, Kane is a veteran and deserved a proper world title run.
2011 Raw: Del Rio: Not have him cash in at Summerslam, instead let him cash in the Raw after mania 28 with interference from Jericho on Punk. Loses it at Extreme Rules to set up Punk vs. Bryan.
2011 Smackdown: Daniel Bryan: Keep it the exact same.
2012 Raw: Jericho: Cena did not need the MITB briefcase. Give it to Jericho and have him capitalize on a great year by winning the rumble (check my rumble post) and the MITB in the same year and he cashed it in on Punk and he is the one who loses it to the rock at the royal rumble. Setting up Punk vs. Cena vs. Rock
2012 Smackdown: Dolph Ziggler: Keep it the same.
2013 Raw: Randy Orton: keep it the same it helped out the yes movement.
2013 Smackdown: Cody Rhodes: he deserved it and you can have him feud with Sandow still. Have him be the one to cash in on Cena before he leaves for his surgery or whatever.
2014: Seth Rollins: Keep it the same, it was perfect.
2014 WWE Title: John Cena: Keep the same.
2015: Sheamus: Couldn’t really think of anyone else in the match besides Roman and Orton, but they don’t need it. Have him cash in after Rollins gets injured and have a tournament to see who will face him at survivor series instead of giving Roman a short reign.
2016: Kevin Owens: No knock on Dean, he did give us a great moment, but his title run itself was bleh. I’d give it to Owens because I think him with the briefcase would be gold, have him cash it on Balor after he relinquished the Universal title. Basically gives Owens more heel heat.
2017 Men: Baron Corbin: If you’ve seen Adam’s Nakamura booking, that’s what this is.
2017 Women’s: Naomi: No Ellsworth involvement. She cashed in the following PPV against Charlotte and wins. Holds it for a bit before Asuka vs. Charlotte WM34
2018 Men’s: Samoa Joe: Braun didn’t need this and it was a waste. Have Joe win and cash in on AJ after his last man standing match with Nakamura. And then do the Joe vs. AJ feud.
2018 Women’s: Sasha Banks: have her cash in on Ronda and hold the title till the rumble and lose to Ronda there.
2019 Men’s: Finn Balor: Brock did not need to win just to have Seth best him again. Have Finn win and rejoin the OC and get the tile he never lost back. Simple.
2019 Women’s: Bayley: Keep it the same.
2020 Men’s: Aleister Black: it was hard and I do love Otis, but he can be entertaining without the briefcase. Black needs this and they can still turn him heel and he can have a great feud with McIntyre.
2020 Women’s: Asuka: Keep it the same, can’t book around Becky being pregnant.
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2020.09.22 15:18 ZandrickEllison Offseason Blueprint: The Detroit Pistons are an NBA basketball team. Hopefully, they can remind fans of that in the next few years.

The playoffs continue to rage on, but there are 26 teams sitting at home with nothing to do but twiddle their thumbs, watch the Conference Finals, and wait for next season to start.
For their sake, we wanted to look ahead with the next edition of the OFFSEASON BLUEPRINT series. In each, we'll preview some big decisions and make some recommendations for plans of attack along the way. Today, we're looking at the Detroit Pistons.
step one: weave a new narrative
Some teams are good, some teams are bad -- but almost all of them have a general direction. Are you a young team on the rise? Or a veteran team trying to squeeze out as many wins as possible?
Right now, the Detroit Pistons are in a wonky grey area. They're missing an identity. When they tried to make the playoffs, they were fairly mediocre (records of 37-45, 39-43, 41-41). When injuries hit this past season, they plummeted down to 20-46. While that generally suggests a young and rebuilding team, the roster doesn't reflect that yet. Their marquee players are Blake Griffin (age 31) and Derrick Rose (age 31.) They also have a veteran coach in Dwane Casey who's more accustomed to competing than rebuilding. All in all, they feel like a confused, forgotten franchise.
Fortunately, there's a new sheriff in town. The team hired a new GM in Troy Weaver, who had been Sam Presti's right-hand man in Oklahoma City. Weaver's been on the verge of a GM job for several years now, and his hire represents something of a coup for this embattled organization.
Going forward, the franchise needs to hold the keys over to Weaver and allow him free reign to do whatever he wants. Back in OKC, he had experience with a variety of makeups: with a rebuilding team, with a contending team, with a rebuilding-wait-whoops-we're-accidentally-pretty-darn-good team. It's up to him to look at this roster and this payroll and determine the best path forward from here.
step two: hold a garage sale for your old homeowner's property
Presumably, Troy Weaver will treat this project as more of a teardown than a remodel. Mainstay center Andre Drummond is already out of the door, and the other veterans may join him on the bus out of Detroit.
Unfortunately, that may be easier said than done. It makes a lot of sense to trade star PF Blake Griffin to a veteran team, but his injuries and his contract ($37M + $39M player option) would make that difficult from a logistical perspective.
There's a chance that a desperate team may be willing to roll the dice on Griffin. Throughout his career, he's been one of the more misunderstood players in the league. People want to treat him as an athlete-dunker only, but he's actually a skilled ballhandler and passer. In his last healthy season in 2018-19, he averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists, and even showcased an improved three-point shot (36.2% on 7.0 attempts per game.) If healthy, he'd be a major difference maker to a team like Portland.
Still, teams aren't going to give up major assets for Blake Griffin until he proves that he is healthy. From Detroit's perspective, it makes more sense to wait to trade him. They need him to come back, put up some good stats, and then float him in offers. Right now, you'd be trading Griffin for 20 cents on the dollar.
In contrast, Derrick Rose's stock may be at a high. He put up good raw numbers this year (18.1 points, 5.6 assists), and he's on a reasonable $7.5M expiring contract. He'd be a positive addition to a playoff team, best served as a Sixth Man scorer. The Pistons and their fans like Rose (and he likes playing here), but it'd be irresponsible for them to not consider trade options. If they get any decent offers, they have to pull the trigger. If the offers are weak -- R2 picks or so -- then the team can keep him around as a veteran leader and placeholder starter.
step three: don't let your breakout break out
As bad as the Pistons were, they had a few bright spots. Derrick Rose played better than expected. Luke Kennard looks on track to be a rising starter. And, most surprising of all, rando Christian Wood broke out as a legitimate NBA player. As a starter, Wood averaged 21.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Wood is a springy, energetic player who also has an improving range (40% from three as a starter.)
You can read a longer deep dive about Christian Wood here, but to sum it up. A) His production looks legitimate, as he's been putting up numbers in virtually every stop as a pro. But B) His breakout may be poorly timed for the Pistons, because he's slated for free agency and about to get more expensive. He's a 24 year old whose best days should be ahead of him.
Based purely on his stats and scouting profile, you could talk yourself into a contract closing in on $15M a year for Wood. However, players with his "pedigree" (undrafted, limited sample size) rarely get that type of contract right away. To me, paying him somewhere in the range of 3 years, $36M would be a fair deal on both sides. There's too much uncertainty to justify much more of a commitment.
Of course, the Pistons should know better than any of us whether to trust Wood. Prior to this year, he had a mixed reputation in terms of his basketball IQ and work habits. If Coach Casey can sign off on Wood's character, then the team can feel more comfortable with him as a building block. If there are still red flags, perhaps it's better not to get too attached. The Pistons have more cap room than most teams this offseason, so the money shouldn't be a major deterrent to this decision. It should be entirely about Wood as a person and a player. If you believe that he's the real deal, then you keep him around.
step four: find your next field general
Christian Wood is a solid young player -- Luke Kennard is a solid young player -- but these aren't franchise players. They're secondary scorers and members of a supporting cast. To truly advance to the promised land, the Detroit Pistons are going to need to find transcendent talent, somehow and some way.
Unfortunately, the NBA Draft Lottery didn't help. The Pistons slipped down from the # 5 slot to the # 7 pick, making it unlikely that they'll land a future star.
On the bright side, the "supply and demand" may be on their side. This draft class happens to be heavy with point guards. There's LaMelo Ball (the # 1 prospect on ESPN), Killian Hayes (the # 1 prospect on The Ringer), and Tyrese Haliburton (one of the safer picks in the class.) If any of them slip down to # 7, the Pistons should strongly consider them. It usually takes a point guard a year or two to find their footing, but they can sit behind Derrick Rose for a year and then get unleashed in 2021. From a personality standpoint, Rose isn't going to mentor and educate like Aristotle, but he's capable of soaking up 25 minutes and allowing the next PG some time to develop.
If those top guards are not available (and they are unlikely to be), the Pistons may have to take some chances. One name I'm intrigued by is R.J. Hampton.
On face value, that'd be a "reach." Like LaMelo Ball, Hampton was a top high school prospect who went off to play in the Australian league. Unlike Ball, his NBA stock suffered as a result. While Ball put up numbers (17-8-7), Hampton put up weak stats -- 8.8 points, 2.4 assists on 41-30-68 shooting splits. As a result, Ball is now locked into top 3 pick status, and Hampton is seeing his name ranked around the 10-20 range in mock drafts.
However, I'd defend Hampton to some degree. We have to consider the context here. LaMelo Ball joined a struggling team called Illawarra. With Ball, the team went 3-9 (and finished 5-23.) When you're playing on a bad team like that, you can be the "star" and jack up as many shots as you want. In contrast, Hampton joined the New Zealand Breakers, a better team that relegated him to 20.6 minutes a night and a more limited role. His raw stats may not do him justice.
No doubt, Hampton has a long way to go, especially as a shooter. At the same time, he's a big lead guard (6'4" with a 6'7" wingspan) who flashes a lot of explosive scoring ability when he's getting downhill to the hoop. He's also a smart kid and allegedly a good worker. There's some legitimate "star" potential here, even if it's a narrow bull's eye. Hampton doesn't have the same athleticism as Russell Westbrook (hardly anyone does) but maybe there's a parallel here. After all, Weaver and OKC selected Westbrook after he'd been a little under the radar after playing off the ball at UCLA.
To be clear, I'm not urging Detroit to take R.J. Hampton at # 7. I'm not endorsing him as a future star like Westbrook. I don't know enough to do that; I don't sit around and splice up tape of New Zealand basketball. Still, the point is, the Pistons should be looking at upside players in that vein, knowing that they're going to need to hit a home run in the future.
step five: keep one hand on the detonator
The Detroit Pistons only have $68M committed on the books for next season, which means they could be players in free agency even if they re-sign Christian Wood.
If the team decided to go "all in" in a desperate attempt to compete, then you could maybe talk yourself into retaining Blake Griffin, handing out a big contract for Fred VanVleet, and shooting for the playoffs. That may work. But to what end...? The 7th seed? The 8th seed? Is that the end goal here?
More realistically, the team should (as discussed) try to get Blake Griffin back and fully healthy in order to showcase him for a trade. After that, they'd then dive into a full rebuild.
Presuming that's going to be the ultimate destination, then the Pistons may as well get a jump on that with free agency. With their remaining cap space, they can take on a toxic asset that comes attached with future picks, or take some fliers on young and promising players. Among my favorite gamblers of this offseason may include PG Kris Dunn (CHI), SG Denzel Valentine (CHI), SF Josh Jackson (MEM), and C Harry Giles (SAC.) None of them should draw huge money offers, making them reasonable purchases and lottery tickets.
If the Pistons end up blowing it up, then they should play their younger players over the course of the season. That should mean a lot of Sekou Doumbouya (entering Year 2) and even some Thon Maker (entering Year 42). If that means you only win 25-30 games, that's all right. It'll only help your odds for next year's lottery.
I've mentioned this before with some potential tankers (CLE, CHA, etc), but next year's draft could be quite strong. The group is headlined by point forward Cade Cunningham (heading to Oklahoma State) and scoring swingman Jalen Green (heading to the G-League), but there are about 4-5 other players who have the potential to join the # 1 pick conversation in time. The Detroit Pistons aren't likely to be bad enough to get a top 3 pick on their own, but the flattened lottery odds make it possible for the 7th or 8th worst team to leapfrog into that territory.
Of course, before Weaver and the Pistons officially press the detonator and go into full-blown rebuild/tank mode, they need to have a heart to heart with Coach Casey. He's 63 years old already, and entering the third year of a five-year deal. Is he going to embrace the rebuild? Is he going to be the scapegoat if they rack up losses? They need to get on the same page, out of fairness to Casey and out of fairness to this franchise. A reasonable solution would be to promise Casey that, if he does tank like a good soldier, he'll still be retained for next season. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will chrome.
previous offseason blueprints
ATL, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, IND, GS, LAC, MIL, MIN, NYK, POR, SA, SAC, UTA
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2020.09.21 16:20 texasalaskamontana NBA Left Charlotte & Indianapolis Markets Out of NBA MVP/Awards Voting

After reviewing all 100 NBA media voters it appears the NBA left the Charlotte and Indianapolis media markets out of the 2020 NBA Awards balloting.
There's no publicly written rules for the makeup of NBA media voting. When the league announced reforms in 2017 one of the reported intents was to include an independent media member from every NBA market. Many markets were heavily dependent on local TV and radio broadcasters who are actually employees of the team and the league removed them from the pool.
But here in 2020 the league didn't stick with that rule. It has happened to other markets in recent years. This year it's pretty egregious as both Charlotte and Indiana media markets were represented in January NBA All-Star media voting by the following reporters...
When it came time to cast votes for the NBA Awards neither of these voters were given a ballot nor were they replaced in the voting pool with a different local media member.
Hell, even Reggie Miller was pulled from the voting pool this year denying the Pacers a media member who spent his career with the team.
Charlotte --
In past seasons the Charlotte media market vote was held by Richard Walker previously with the Gaston Gazette. Walker has covered the Hornets since their founding for many publications but was at a smaller outlet and was given the vote for either his emeritus status as an NBA writer or the limited eligibility of other members of the media market.
Several markets have publications which don't allow voting on awards. The Charlotte Observer, despite being the market's largest newspaper and having a dedicated Hornets beat writers, appears to be one of those. Other examples are the Washington Post, New York Times, and Houston Chronicle.
Walker also left the Gaston Gazette to start his own website covering local sports which likely rules out his eligibility as he no longer works for an established outlet.
So Boone was laid off, Walker had started his own website, and the Observer doesn't allow voting. Is it possible that didn't leave anyone in the media market who was eligible to vote in the eyes of the NBA? Or that they didn't look hard enough or consider established alternatives?
If someone in the comments can identify a writer in the market who could have had the vote I'd appreciate it. I failed in this attempt.
Indiana --
Scott Agness was laid off by The Athletic in June and surpringly the NBA did not keep the awards ballot in Indy by passing it to the Indianapolis Star.
This doesn't make sense as the Pacers beat writer for the Indy Star is J. Michael Falgoust. Who once held an MVP ballot during his time with CSN Washington in the DC media market.
Falgoust cast an MVP vote in 2017. The league's most contentious recent election. He was one of nine voters who zagged for Kawhi Leonard in first place over both Harden and Westbrook. In 2019 he was also given an All-Star ballot while at the Indy Star.
If you drop Falgoust from the equation this situation still feels like an outright denial as the Indy Star's beat writer has routinely held an NBA Awards ballot in the past: Clifton Brown in 2018 and Nate Taylor in 2017.
Charlotte makes some sense, but Indy just feels like they got stood up on a date. It doesn't make sense why there wouldn't be an Indianapolis vote with the option that existed for the NBA.
Sorry Charlotte and Indy. It feels like the league did you wrong.
Check out the NBA's list of media members and their votes here.
Here's my 2020 breakdown of markets and the voter who represents the market....
Note: I don't worry about NY or LA too much as many national voters live in those markets and have their greatest exposure to those teams. I did note the Clippers and Nets voters. Those seem pertinent to track each year.
Market Voter
Atlanta Hawks Chris Kirschner, The Athletic
Boston Celtics Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe
Brooklyn Nets Greg Logan, Newsday
Charlotte Hornets none
Chicago Bulls Joe Crowley, Chicago Sun Times
Cleveland Cavaliers Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com
Dallas Mavericks Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News
Denver Nuggets Nick Kosmider, The Athletic
Detroit Pistons Rod Beard, Detroit News
Golden State Warriors Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle
Houston Rockets Kelly Iko, The Athletic
Indiana Pacers none
LA Clippers Mirjam Swanson, Southern California News Group
LA Lakers They good
Memphis Grizzlies Evan Barnes, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Miami Heat Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald
Milwaukee Bucks Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Minnesota Timberwolves Chris Hine, Minneapolis Star Tribune
New Orleans Pelicans Will Guillory, The Athletic
New York Knicks Mike Breen, ESPN, Marc Berman, NY Post
Oklahoma City Thunder Royce Young, ESPN, Eric Horne, The Athletic
Orlando Magic Josh Robbins, The Athletic
Philadelphia 76ers Keith Pompey, Philadelphia Inquirer
Phoenix Suns Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic
Portland Trailblazers Jason Quick, The Athletic
Sacramento Kings Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee
San Antonio Spurs Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News
Toronto Raptors Doug Smith, The Toronto Star, Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun
Utah Jazz Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune
Washington Wizards Fred Katz, The Athletic
Shout if you see something I got wrong.
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2020.09.20 17:59 ZandrickEllison Offseason Blueprint: The L.A. Clippers championship parade broke down early, so now they may to take another route

The playoffs continue to rage on, but there are 26 teams sitting at home with nothing to do but twiddle their thumbs, watch the Conference Finals, and wait for next season to start.
For their sake, we wanted to look ahead with the next edition of the OFFSEASON BLUEPRINT series. In each, we'll preview some big decisions and make some recommendations for plans of attack along the way. Today, we're looking at the L.A. Clippers.
step one: ask What's up, Doc?
Doc Rivers is a decorated, Hall of Fame worthy coach. He's won an NBA title; he's won a Coach of the Year trophy. He's won 943 regular season games over the course of his career, with a 58.1% winning percentage all told. With the Clippers, he's won 63.1% of his games, which is the equivalent of a team going 52-30 every season. Aside from the resume, the man clearly has his virtues. Players like him and want to play for him. Hell, he gets along with everyone, from ownership to front offices to the media. (And yes, that's part of the job at times.)
Still, NBA coaching is a "What have you done for me lately?" kind of league, and by that standard, Rivers has some 'splaining to do. Ever since that title, his teams have started to underperform in the playoffs. He last made the Conference Finals in 2012. Since then, Rivers has gone 3-7 in playoff series.
This last loss may be the most stinging of them all. The Clippers gave him virtually every ingredient a coach could ask for: two superstars (who had both finished top 3 in MVP before) and a strong supporting cast of veterans. This is a collection of players that could go big, small, medium, whatever the heck you wanted. It was probably the best overall roster in the entire league. And yet again, they disappointed. Yet again, Rivers lost a 3-1 lead (for the third time.) In the process, Rivers got outcoached by Mike Malone, and ended up leaving with bitter disappointment.
Should Rivers be the scapegoat here? Eh. That seems harsh. If he wants to keep coaching, he's earned that right. He's only 58, which means he could have another decade in him. Still, it's fair to ask if he wants to keep up the grind of not. He's been a head coach for 20 seasons now, including the last 7 in a roller coaster ride with the Clippers. He's been through ups and downs -- through Donald Sterling scandals and Steve Ballmer stares, through Lob City drama and through this last disappointment now. Perhaps he's looking forward to retirement one day soon.
It stands to reason that Rivers feels like he has unfinished business here and untapped upside with this team for next year. Still, there's a chance that he may want this next season to be his last with the team. It'll be the last season that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are on a guaranteed deal, so it could be a major crossroads season. If Rivers wants to make it his own "Last Dance," then perhaps the team should prepare for a succession plan. Assistant Ty Lue is one of the top head coaching candidates in the game, and a true protege of Rivers. If Rivers wants to step aside (again, his choice), then Lue would be a good heir to the throne. Lue can step up and provide some continuity to the franchise.
step two: realize you built the wrong kind of monster
Creating a "Super Team" is one thing, but getting that Super Team to mesh together is quite another. You're taking disparate egos and disparate talents, and hoping that the stew all blends together. In an ideal world, those superstars would all make each other better and even more powerful, a la the Golden State Warriors or Voltron.
These Clippers never quite gelled and molded together in the same way. Rather than Voltron, we got the “The Man with Two Heads”.
On one shoulder, we had the 2018-19 L.A. Clippers. The plucky overachievers (48-34 record) who defied expectations and snuck into the playoffs. That group was led by Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell. While they may have been "bench" players, they were the leading players in terms of total minutes and total points. Their two-man action fueled and defined that team.
However, the Clippers added an entirely new identity as soon as they signed up superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. We can nitpick and criticize those two all we want, but they're incredibly easy to fit together in terms of skill sets. Tall wings who can defend and shoot can play on virtually any team, in any lineup.
The trouble is: Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell cannot. Their chief virtues are their scoring. They're not meant to be 4th and 5th options on the court. If they're just floating out there as fillers, then their flaws start to get exposed. Harrell is not a great defender at either the 4 or the 5. Williams is an atrocious defender, limited by his age (33) and his lack of size and length. If he's not running an offense and not attacking, then he's a potential liability. The Clips got away with the two-headed monsters in the regular season, but these problems become highlighted in a playoff series where smart opponents can figure out their weaknesses. The Nuggets tried to isolate and exploit Williams, and other teams like the Lakers would have as well.
We also heard some grumbling behind the scenes about potential locker room issues with this team, and it'd be easy to speculate why. After all, it can't be easy to be the "star" of a team, and then be relegated to 4th or 5th bananas. Lou Williams and Montrezl Williams went from the king of the castle to living in the spare bedroom. It's almost like a new step-dad moved in and took over the remote control. In some ways, you wonder if Williams and Harrell subconsciously acted out, with Williams' infamous strip club incident and Harrell's lackluster play (injury and fitness related, to be fair.)
At the end of the day, the Clippers would be fine if they "ran it back." They'd win 50+ games, grab a top 3 seed, and have a chance to compete for the Finals once again. Still, it's fair to wonder if this Achilles heel would bite them eventually. And if so, it's fair to wonder if there's anything they can -- or should -- do about it.
step three: cut off one of the hydra's heads
If you believe that this collection of talent does not work, then there are some adjustments needed. Going forward, the team may debate whether or not they need to marginalize Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell even more. It'd be great to have them in the regular season to soak up minutes and buy your new stars some rest, but it may not be practical to play them all together in crunch time in the playoffs.
It may not be practical financially either. Lou Williams is still locked up for another season, but Montrezl Harrell will be a free agent. As the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, he may get a contract that swells into the $15M range. If I ran the Clippers, I would be reluctant to pay that money given the limitations that we've seen so far. In fact, I would prioritize re-signing Marcus Morris over Montrezl Harrell.
Re-signing Marcus Morris may get tricky because the Clips don't own his Bird Rights, but it may be necessary. Morris is a better fit for this team than Harrell. He can spread the floor (40% from three this past season), and he can defend several different positions. Sure, he may be an asshole, but he's a strong and gritty defender who can match up with most frontcourt players. When your ultimate rival is going to have LeBron James and Anthony Davis, that's critical.
Going a step further, I'd like to see the Clippers play Marcus Morris more often as a smallball 5, especially in matchups where the opponents don't have a center who can exploit him. If you play Morris at center, then you can flood the court with shooting 1-5. It's a different look that the Clippers need to try more often. Between the underrated Ivica Zubac and the unconventional smallball lineup, I don't see a major need for Montrezl Harrell. If he wants to come back on a moderate deal and Steve Ballmer wants to pony up for the most expensive roster in the league, that's fine, but the Clippers should negotiate from a position of strength here.
step four: take a chemistry class
We've talked about it already, but the L.A. Clippers had loads of depth this year. In some ways, it may have backfired, because Doc Rivers didn't seem to know which combination to play. They never developed much chemistry with a cohesive "closing lineup," and that bit them in the end.
Perhaps, less is more. The Clippers can trot out 10-12 rotational players in the regular season if they want (as a way to manage minutes), but they should establish a clear pecking order and a clear top 7-8 for the playoffs. To do that, they may need to clean out the cupboard.
As mentioned, Montrezl Harrell may not be back. I'd recommend the same for over-the-hill vets like Patrick Patterson and Joakim Noah, but also backup PG Reggie Jackson as well. Jackson's actual value has never matched his reputation, and he tends to get out of control at times. Presumably, we'll start Patrick Beverly, and utilize Lou Williams as a backup scoring guard. The hope is that Landry Shamet can shake off his own inconsistency and become a reliable backup at that combo guard spot. If that's the case, there's no need and no room for Jackson.
In terms of the frontcourt, we're going to start Marcus Morris (if he's back) at PF, and Ivica Zubac at C. Backup JaMychal Green flashes enough talent to be a backup PF, and can even play some smallball center if need be as well. Green has a $5M player option that may need to be negotiated, but it'd be nice to have him back. The Clippers need to be more confident going with more smallball lineups, knowing that they have some big-ass wings like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to cover ground and block passing lanes.
Overall, that would give us 5 starters -- Pat Beverly, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, and Ivica Zubac -- that represent a big and balanced lineup. Lou Williams probably has one more year left as a super Sixth Man scorer. Green and Shamet should be good enough to be 7th and 8th men. Ideally, either Rodney McGruder or Terance Mann would step up and provide a decent depth piece on the wing.
Is that enough...? It's close. You'd love to add a little more wing talent -- perhaps a "ring chaser" vet like Courtney Lee or Kent Bazemore signs up for a reduced paycheck, a reduced role, and a chance at a title. Darren Collison would be an ideal PG for the team as a plus shooter and capable playmaker (presuming he’s fulfilled his subpoena with Jehovah.) The team may be one or two missing ingredients away from a complete meal.
Still, that thin cupboard isn't necessarily a bad thing for now. Playing a smaller rotation may force the Clippers to develop more familiarity and chemistry with each other.
Better still, it would give Doc Rivers and the Clippers a better idea of their strengths and weaknesses as the season unfolds. This past year, they played so little together that there was a presumption it would all work out come playoff time. It did not. If they start getting into playoff mode earlier, they'd be better able to understand what they're lacking. Do they need a pure PG? Another wing? A bigger stretch center? TBD. The team doesn't need to go into 2020-21 with a locked roster, after all. If they figure out that they need a secondary piece, the trade deadline would represent the chance to put the finishing touches on this next monster.
previous offseason blueprints
ATL, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, IND, GS, MIL, MIN, NYK, POR, SA, SAC, UTA
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2020.09.19 12:00 WWE_Network_Bot This Day in History: 09/19/2020

The following events happened on this day in history!
What event was your favorite in this list?
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2020.09.16 14:43 Pbonnibel86 Are we going to be denied with a gap in employment?

My boyfriend and I are apartment hunting in Charlotte, NC. We both have short gaps due to Covid, but we have remote jobs that’ll allow us to move. We have enough in savings to cover an extra downpayment if needed. My credit is very good and his is just becoming good (600). No derogatory marks or late payments for either of us. I have a few credit cards but they are in good standing with only 1 at just under $4,800 and 1 under $2000.
My boyfriend has a gap of employment from October 2018 to August 2019. How do we explain that and is it going to hurt our chances of finding a place?
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2020.09.11 22:28 Zalander1995 The Friendship of Bayley and Sasha Banks ( Part 1 )

Post inspired by u/dpw2017 and u/IdelucaAlex
After recent events I decided that it would be a good idea to examine the kayfabe friendship of Bayley and Sasha through the years and why it ended the way it ended. The whole story will be split in 2 different posts just because there is a lot to cover and doing it just one post isn’t possible.
This is how i see the story :
Part 1 : NXT Beginnings
Lets firstly talk about their individual careers
Sasha Banks made her television debut on WWE NXT on December 12, 2012, losing to Paige. She wasn’t The Boss well know yet . She was a happy - go- lucky babyface with a lot of talent. But something just wasn’t working out for her . In her eyes she was the greatest ever and she believed that she should be a champion. A change was needed and that change was the team of Sasha Banks and Summer Rae – The BFFS. Shortly after “The Boss” was born, when Summer Rae pulled Sasha to the dark side. Banks became vicious and started to care only about her career and nothing else. That is when everything started to improve for Sasha. She kept racking up wins and was finally able to make it big after she beat Charlotte, Bayley and Becky at NXT TakeOver : Arrival.
Bayley debuted on March 20 , 2013 in a losing effort against Paige. She was this girl who loved wrestling and was just happy to be in the WWE. She was pure but also naïve( something she paid for many times).
Part 2: A Rivalry for the Ages
Bayley finally overcame the odds and became the #1 Contender for the NXT Womens Championship, setting up a championship match for Takeover Brooklyn.
Going into the match Banks saw Bayley as a loser and as her past happy-go-lucky self, an image she has always wanted to forget because she thinks someone like that can not be successful.She has always showed a more vicious and sadistic side of herself during her matches with Bayley.
But Bayley had changed. After all she had been through because of Banks, Bayley finally started to show growth in her character and wasn’t afraid to go all out on her opponents. She had developed a bit of an edge to her persona.
After suffering tons of punishment by The Boss and overall being in a hard fought battle, Bayley managed to win the NXT Womens Championship. The crowd went wild as it was finally Bayleys time to shine.
After that Sasha demanded a rematch for the championship, saying that Bayley had earned her respect but Sasha still felt that she is the best and wanted to prove it to Bayley. She thought that Brooklyn was a fluke. A 30 min Ironwoman match was made for Takeover : Respect.
This is where Sasha went all in on her dastardly acts when she targeted Bayleys injured arm and made one of Bayleys biggest fans cry. But even after all of that Banks still couldn’t beat Bayley and lost the match 2 to 3 falls. After that she bid the NXT universe farewell as she had been called up to the main roster. This match made Sasha realise that she didn’t need to be ruthless, sadistic and overall a bitch in order to have success. But that didn’t mean that that she would start acting like Bayley all the time . She was still going to be the Boss and she was still going to fight for her beliefs . She had also developed a certain bond with Bayley.
Even if they fought and hated each other at times, the 4HW felt a bond between each other . They were like sisters. But now that 3 of them had gone to the main roster , Bayley had to stay in NXT. This is where she possibly started to have insecurities about her career(especially since Sasha was the talk of the town and Bayley was still overlooked by some people)
Part 3: Main Roster Hard Times
Even after debuting on the main roster Sasha couldn’t really live up to her own expectations . She lost her match against Becky and Charlotte at WM 32 after Ric Flair screwed both her and Becky. She then had a program with Charlotte Flair to determine the top star of the division. She won the title 3 times but couldn’t successfully defend it either thanks to injuries or because Charlotte was the better woman on that specific occasion. In the end Sasha lost her final match with Charlotte and was forced to say that Charlotte is better than her and that she isn’t The Boss anymore. This was when Sasha started to lose confidence in herself again. She then proceeded to be injured by Nia Jax . In 2017 she was absolutely embarrassed by Alexa Bliss after winning the title from her and losing it to her in just 8 days. Up to this point she had 4 reigns but couldn’t defend a title successfully. She was called a choke artist(something that haunts her up to this day). Calling herself The Boss looked like a mascara at this point but deep in her heart she still believed it.
Bayley made her a special appearance as the mystery tag partner of Sasha at Battlegrounds 2016. This is where their partnership was truly born. After debuting on the main roster she also didn’t have huge success. She instantly went into a feud with Charlotte( someone who both Sasha and Bayley hated) . A triple threat match for the Raw Womens championship was set for CoC 2016 – Her , Sasha and Charlotte(with Dana Brooke in her corner as always). Sasha had unfinished business with Charlotte and needed the win. But Bayley also needed the win for herself. In the end Charlotte won after the duo of Sasha and Bayley couldn’t work together and take her out. Bayley finally managed to win the Raw Championship the February 13, 2017 episode of Raw after help from Sasha. Banks did this not only in order to help her friend but also to exact vengeance on her archnemesis Charlotte. Bayley retained her title at WM33 in a fatal four way between her, Charlotte, Nia Jax and Sasha Banks. She dropped the title to Alexa at Extreme Rules and failed to win it back at Payback because she refused to use kendo sticks. The edge she had developed during her feud with Sasha was suddenly gone. She never got an opportunity for the Raw title again.
Part 4 : Things are Complicated
On January 28, 2018, at the Royal Rumble, Bayley competed in the inaugural women's Royal Rumble match, entering at number 29, but was quickly eliminated by her best friend, Sasha Banks. A few weeks later Bayley was eliminated from the EC match after Banks pushed her off the pod and Bliss pinned her. She was pissed that Sasha kept screwing her over and she was especially pissed at the fact that Sasha smiled after she pusher her off the pod at EC. Bayley saw the old Sasha at this exact moment. The Hugger felt like Sasha wanted a cheerleader and not a friend. At the March 26 episode of Raw shit hit the fan after weeks of betrayal. I think this episode is really important to their story. Especially what Banks said to Bayley – “ You are right, I am The Boss and I do what I want for myself and my career and I make no apologies for it “ Bayley then proceeded to mention that Sasha cant defend a title and this is what made Sasha snap. The duo brawled and had to be separated by officials. Throughout mid-2018, Bayley and Banks continued to attack each other and had to attend counselor meetings to help them fix their friendship. But it didn’t truly work because they continued to have problems. Bayley felt like she was always in the shadow of Sasha and Banks didn’t feel like Bayley is her friend anymore(Especially after Bayley had assaulted her on the June 25 , 2018 episode)Sasha truly loved Bayley but her big ego and her big ambitions sometimes made her act without thinking of Bayleys feelings. They reconciled after Banks apologized to Bayley and said that she loves everything about Bayley.. This is where the team of Boss n Hug was born. It seemed like the duo had set their differences aside seemed stronger than ever.
Part 5 : Inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Championships
The duo continued to have an extended feud with The Riott Squad (the same team which tried to split them apart) which they finally won at Evolution. On February 17, at the Elimination Chamber, Bayley and Banks won the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Championship by eliminating Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville in a six tag team Elimination Chamber match. This match truly showed that their friendship is alive and well. Bayley had to do most of the work after Sasha suffered a separated shoulder by Ronda Rousey at Royal Rumble. Banks managed to apply the Bank Statement after using one of her legs instead of her arm and won the match. She was ready to do everything in order to win the titles and solidify her friendship with Bayley. They continued to defend the titles once at Payback and lost them to the IIconics at WM 35. Sasha disappeared without a trace after that. Sasha wasn’t returning any of Bayleys calls and Bayley didn’t really know what was happening. Something was wrong.
I would gladly work on a continuation of this if you guys would like that.
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2020.09.10 13:45 chitown_nation Bledsoe to Charlotte

Milwaukee Bucks Receive:
Charlotte Hornets Receive:

Bucks:
We all remember the Terry vs Eric match up in 2018, and we all know who won... Scary Terry. Sorry, I will refrain from using that cringey nickname. Anyway, Terry Rozier has proved he can step it up in big moments, something the Bucks really need Bledsoe to do, but he has not. He was a liability on offense in the Bucks elimination game just. Rozier is a very good shooter, shooting 40.7% on 6.7 3 attempts per game is very impressive. It was evident in the playoffs that the more shooters you put around Giannis the better too. Both Bledsoe and Rozier are on similar contracts, Rozier's a year shorter. In a Bucks system Rozier could prove to be a more valuable piece thanks to his better scoring capabilities. The Bucks may miss Bledsoe's defense, but the Bucks already have an all around solid defensive team, and Terry isn't a bad defender, he just isn't an All-Defensive team level.
The Bucks also lose Ilyasova's $7m contract freeing up so space in FA. To sweeten the deal for Charlotte for taking on Ilyasova's contract, I have basically done a pick swap. Milwaukee give up their fairly low first, for Charlotte's high second.
Hornets:
Pairing Bledsoe with Graham in the backcourt would be a better fit than Rozier and Graham. An excellent defender in Bledsoe can hide some of the defensive efficiencies of Graham. Despite having the second worst offense in the league, Charlotte took a decent amount of threes and hit them at a decent clip. So giving up some of that for a player that is better at driving to the whole, and can defend the opponents best guards effectively is a win for Charlotte. Bledsoe also likes to drive and kick a lot, which fits well into Charlotte's system with Washington out on the 3 line ready to fire.
Despite taking on Ilyasova's contract, it is expiring, and he can still play a role of a spot up shooter. He shoots the 3 well, plays good defense, and could be a solid back up to PJ Washington, and even mentor him a bit. Even though he is overpaid, moving up around 10 spots from the high second to low first is a huge plus for the Hornets. There is some potential good talent to be had around that 24 spot.
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2020.09.08 15:40 FlynnPatrick Top 500 Players in the NBA (Episode 9)

Two teams have so many prospects it's just not fair: Denver and Boston.
I mean, the Nuggets practically gave away Malik Beasley and (spoiler) he's a fringe top 100 player. Then Boston has like 10 young players who could all make a serious impact.
I live near Denver and people are excited here. My coworker told me that he went to the liquor store and as a Colorado native he had never seen so many people talk to him about the Nuggets in his entire life. He also guaranteed a Nuggets' championship in 2-3 years. My 1st reaction is "I don't know about all that" but maybe he's right.
330. Jeremiah Martin (Brooklyn Nets)
6’3, 24.2 years old
Watching Martin gives major Brandon Jennings vibes. They are both left-handed and are walking buckets. He was an afterthought at Memphis in college at 1st but developed enough to get minutes in the bubble and Martin scored 24 points against Orlando and 20 against the Celtics. He might have a hard time starting with Kyrie Irving in the mix, but I would not be surprised to see him in the Nets rotation next season.
329. Tim Frazier (Detroit Pistons)
6’1, 29.8 years old
Frazier played in 27 games for Detroit and started in 11, but was ultimately waived shortly before the all-star break. Tim does a good job at giving assists to his teammates (98th percentile AST%) and is a solid perimeter defender (78th percentile STL%) but only shot just 36.2% from the floor with a 9.8 PER.
328. Chris Chiozza (Brooklyn Nets)
6’0, 24.7 years old
Chiozza showed solid potential in the bubble, and even scored 14 points in game 3 of the 1st round against the Raptors. Chiozza puts his teammates 1st, telling newsday.com:
“We just try to share the ball as much as we can, not settle for good shots, we try to get great shots. Sometimes, that’s just making an extra pass. That leads to high percentages and more assists. We just try to make smart plays and make the easy, right play every time.”
Similar to Jeremiah Martin (Chiozza is also from Memphis), he will be looking to prove himself again in 2021.
327. Nassir Little (Portland Trail Blazers)
6’6, 20.6 years old
Little was the 2018 McDonald’s All American MVP and built hype from that performance that he did not live up to at North Carolina. Nassir still had enough potential for the Blazers to select him in the 1st round and results were mixed. I would describe his rookie season as average, he didn’t disappoint and brought young energy to the court when he was on the floor. Little impressed the most shooting at the rim (64th percentile), non-corner 3’s (38%), and the physical skills are there. Maybe a little tuning will help in 2021.
326. Allonzo Trier (New York Knicks)
6’6, 24.6 years old
Trier once had a New York Times profile as the top 7th grade player in America and even though he is not even in the top 300, he at least made the big leagues. I think he could thrive in a situation other than being on the Knicks as well. His offensive advanced stats are very positive (above 60th percentile at rim, mid-range, and 3-point) and I think he deserves at least one more season to prove himself.
325. Cheick Diallo (Phoenix Suns)
6’9, 24.0 years old
In 47 games for the Suns, Diallo shot a career-high 64.8% from the field and he’s put up an above average PER every single season of his career. Diallo can finish at the rim but his form extends to mid-range (84th percentile, 47%). His defense is a work in progress and his offensive value is limited without a 3-point-shot, but he has the talent to be a rotation big man in the league.
324. Anthony Tolliver (Memphis Grizzlies)
6’8, 35.3 years old
In 13 games for the Grizzlies, Tolliver proved that he still has value as a stretch-4, shooting over 41% from long range. Anthony has played in over 700 games which the casual NBA fan probably would not be able to guess, and 10 NBA teams. The true definition of a journeyman, I would say he could probably make an NBA roster for another season or 2.
323. Cody Martin (Charlotte Hornets)
(6’7, 24.9 years old)
Cody stood out for his hustle and the 36th overall pick of the 2019 draft finishes substantially higher on this list than his brother Caleb. His offensive game is well balanced, he does a solid job of finishing at the rim with his athleticism (66th percentile) and he has potential as a perimeter defender as well (84th percentile STL%). As Cody told NBA.com about his experience in the big leagues:
“Being able to be in those [big games] gave me confidence, and it showed that not only my teammates, but the staff had confidence in me to be in those situations,” Martin said. “That was something that was important for me. and something I take pride in is just being ready. Going out there, I already know I’m going to play hard and at 100 percent. It’s about executing the game plan and learning once I’m in there.”
322. Keita Bates-Diop (Denver Nuggets)
6’9, 24.6 years old
Keita has a very pretty offensive game with a smooth jumper and he put up a few nice performances for the Timberwolves early in the season. He was eventually sent to Denver, and overall on the season I would say at the least he progressed from his rookie season and there is room to improve during year 3 in 2021.
321. Elie Okobo (Phoenix Suns)
6’2, 22.9 years old
Okobo saw less minutes than he did during his rookie season (18 MPG to 13 MPG) but he did slightly progress overall. His father was a professional basketball player, and as Elie told NBA.com on how he got into the game of basketball:
“I remember on Saturdays when I was a kid, the game from Friday night was on TV in the morning,” Okobo said. “I was watching the NBA. I wanted to watch LeBron so bad because LeBron was my favorite player. I was watching the Cavaliers. It was like 9:00 AM. I was waking up, 'Oh the NBA is on this morning.' That was my first memory.”
Okobo did finish in the 64th percentile for 3P% and from the 2K simulations I ran this past season, Elie tends to have a 10+ year career. I do think there is some long-term NBA potential but probably not on Phoenix.
320. Shaquille Harrison (Chicago Bulls)
6’4, 26.9 years old
Harrison improved in his 3rd season, most importantly from the 3-point-line (27% to 38%) and scored a career-high 25 points against the Indiana Pacers shortly before the season was suspended. The advanced stats show that he is a plus offensive player (.4 OBMP) and defensive player (2.4 DBPM, 99th percentile for both BLK% and STL%) and those defensive stats show a very clear under-the-radar player who could have a serious impact if given more minutes.
319. Ian Mahinmi (Washington Wizards)
6’11, 33.8 years old
Mahinmi’s contract he signed in 2016 was not viewed very pleasant the last couple of years, but he at least ended on a not terrible not and probably had his best season for the Wizards. Ian has extended his range to the 3-point-line and has a surprisingly nice form. He scored 21 points (pretty much all on Andre Drummond) in January and also scored a career-high 25 points against Miami in January. Still, his offensive efficiency was well below league average and I’m not sure what his value is heading into 2021.
318. Mario Hezonja (Portland Trail Blazers)
6’5, 25.5 years old
Hezonja has never lived up to his number 5 pick potential. Partially due to Orlando holding him back but it’s been 5 years now and he is firmly in bust territory. Mario thinks he still has value in the league, telling OregonLive in July on his fit with the Blazers:
“In my opinion, I fit in perfectly,” Hezonja said. “Off the ball, on the ball, subbing Dame at the one. I can be at the three, I can be behind CJ, I can be behind Melo. I can be behind Zach. I just want to help the team.”
Mario is a solid mid-range scorer (75th percentile) and does have some value on perimeter defense (78th percentile STL%) but at this point in his career I’m not sure a team will let him be the primary go-to guy.
317. PJ Dozier (Denver Nuggets)
6’6, 23.9 years old
I wrote that last year Dozier would be a sleeper in 2020 and was correct. The kid has serious potential, take a look at his PER36 stats:
14.7 PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 SPG
Not counting garbage time, Dozier shot 44% from 3 (99th percentile) and made 70% of his shots at the rim (90th percentile). He signed a multi-year contract with Denver recently, showing the Nuggets eye for young and up coming talent.
316. Ryan Arcidiacono (Chicago Bulls)
6’3, 24.4 years old
Arcidiacono shot a career-high 39.1% from 3 in 58 games and is the perfect definition of a “hustle player” ranking 6th in the NBA in charges drawn per game. Nothing flashy about his game, but has value as a role-playing hustle player moving forward.
315. Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks)
6’5, 27.7 years old
Connaughton had a big role with 15 points in a game 2 playoff win against Orlando and I almost moved him up more than this. I would say he did regress from 2019, however as he was a tiny bit less efficient. Pat is best making shots at the rim (88th percentile) but also shot just 33% from long range which is below league average (28th percentile) and even with that 15-point-game is averaging just 4 PPG in the playoffs. He is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and we will see if another team takes a chance on him.
314. Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans Pelicans)
6’5, 22.0 years old
It was reported that NAW grew from 6’5 to 6’6. As for what else he worked on in the offseason, Nickeil had this to say to NBA.com
"I would say just being able to get to the basket and finish. Not being able to shoot, being in a cast, it was a lot of finishing and working. When I got out of the cast, working my way back into finishing and small stuff like that, being able to gradually move back until the wrist got it’s strength back. But I would say finishing and getting to the basket."
Nickeil saved his best performance in the last game of the bubble with 29 points and 7 assists against the Orlando Magic. He did show some potential with a 38% 3-point-percentage in non-garbage time minutes (67th percentile) and I see him moving up this list next year.
313. Khem Birch (Orlando Magic)
6’9, 27.9 years old
This is about where I had him last year and statistically he regressed a tiny bit from 2019 to 2020 (FG% fell from 60.3 to 51.0). He’s solid finishing at the rim and has an okay mid-range jumper, but didn’t excel anywhere else. He’s signed through 2021 with the Magic and will get more chances to prove himself next season.
312. Cameron Payne (Phoenix Suns)
6’3, 26.0 years old
Rarely will a player finish this high with a limited sample size, but Payne is an exception. Like Jeremiah Martin, Payne also gives major Brandon Jennings’ type vibes and he excelled in the bubble. It would be interesting to see if he got an expanded role, take a look at his PER36:
17.1 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.6 SPG
That statline is that of a top 60 player in the league. Payne finished in the 100th percentile for 3-point-efficiency AND the 98th percentile for finishing at the rim, to go along with a career-high 15.7 PER. We need to see more before jumping on the bandwagon but I think at the very least he cemented himself a spot in the NBA in 2021.
311. Marvin Williams (Milwaukee Bucks)
6’9, 34.2 years old
If someone told you in 2010 that Marvin Williams would outlast Deron Williams by nearly 5 years in the league, the casual NBA fan would have thought you insane. Williams was hyped as a player who could have an impact as a role player on the top team in the NBA during the regular season, but regressed once traded to Milwaukee (just 4.0 PPG) and is basically an insurance policy at this point. His 3-point-percentage (non garbage minutes) is just 31% for the Bucks and for the Bucks he has a below 10.0 PER for the 1st time in his career. Still, he was pretty solid in Charlotte and that takes into account on this ranking as well.
310. Chandler Hutchison (Chicago Bulls)
6’7, 24.4 years old
This is lower than I had him in 2019, but Hutchison at the very least progressed in the right direction in 2020 (PPG: 5.2 to 7.8, 3P%: 28.0 to 31.6). Taking a look at the advanced stats, the biggest area where he progressed in 2020 was perimeter defense though (STL%: 39th percentile to 92nd percentile). There is a lot of potential here, he still needs to put on some weight, but if he continues to progress in year 3, he could be dangerous in year 4.
309. Skal Labissiere (Atlanta Hawks)
6’11, 24.5 years old
This is an eye test ranking, when he did see the floor, Labissiere looked impressive. In one of the highlights’ I watched, he blocked Giannis’ shot which very few players are able to do. He showed the potential to be an inside-outside threat but needs to improve his efficiency. Would have likely gotten some chances with the Hawks once traded there had he not been injured, and I can see him being John Collins’ backup in 2021.
308. Robert Williams (Boston Celtics)
6’10, 22.9 years old
My biggest area to see if players are moving in the right direction is progression or regression: did a player improve from last year or not? Williams certainly did, his PPG improved from 2.5 to 5.2 and the Celtics are handling his situation delicately. Yes the Timelord can dunk, but he also improved his mid-range-percentage (non-garbage) from 33% to 50%, and if he can continue to extend his range, he just might make time stop altogether.
307. JJ Barea (Dallas Mavericks)
6’0, 36.1 years old
Barea is likely the best Puerto Rican player ever, and would have finished higher if not for a limited sample size of 29 games. Let me tell you something else impressive that Barea did: the dude came back from a ruptured Achilles tendon 9 MONTHS after the initial injury..at 36 years old! Not only that, but Barea probably has a couple of more years left in him.
306. Abdel Nader (Oklahoma City Thunder)
6’6, 26.9 years old
Nader continued to progress in year 3 and finished in above-average percentiles for shooting percentage on all areas of the floor. He is also near-elite at blocking shots (86th percentile BLK%) and he had a positive VORP for the 1st time in his career. Nader progressed big time in year 3 and could jump into the top 250 with continued progression in year 4.
305. Darius Bazley (Oklahoma City Thunder)
6’9, 20.2 years old
Bazley is paving his own way, jumping to the G-League before Jalen Green made it cool and like Kawhi signed with New Balance. What really made Bazley take a big leap in this ranking was the bubble, where he averaged 13 PPG on 46+% from 3-point-land while making a serious name for himself as the potential starting small forward for the Thunder in 2021. Bazley also shot 50% from 3 in the playoff series against Houston. As Chris Paul told The Oklahoman about Darius recently:
“He’s so talented,” Paul said. “For him to be a rookie, there’s a lot being thrown at him. … To see his growth from when we first started off the season, he’s been really, really impressive.”
304. Daniel Gafford (Chicago Bulls)
6’11, 21.9 years old
Gafford’s potential is limited without developing an outside shot, but similar to Mitchell Robinson, he is an absolute beast in the paint. Daniel averages 3.3 blocks-per-game PER36 and shot over 70% from the field with a 16.2 PER. He also led all rookies in total blocks. As he replied on twitter about what he had to do in year 2 to continue progressing in the right direction, Gafford said “Gotta work harder”.
303. Torrey Craig (Denver Nuggets)
6’6, 29.7 years old
Craig has started in 3 playoff games for Denver and I moved him up 30+ spots taking this into consideration. He has been efficient in the playoffs as well, shooting over 36% from long range. What I like about Torrey is that he has slowly progressed and Denver clearly trusts him enough to be on the court in important minutes. He makes 73% of his shots at the rim (94th percentile) and his game is moving in the right direction.
302. Avery Bradley (LA Lakers)
6’2, 29.8 years old
Bradley bounced back a little bit, posting his best eFG% since 2017 with the Celtics during a time he was considered a near-unanimous top 100 player. Still, his momentum was halted by not joining his teammates in the bubble. He showed nice defensive plays during games but was also a net-negative on the offensive end (-3.0) and doesn’t have the ability to create his own shot at the NBA level. He is signed through next season and I will say he is a better option than JR Smith or Dion Waiters.
301. Andre Iguodala (Miami Heat)
6’6, 36.6 years old
At this point in his career, Iguodala’s impact is mainly in the locker room. Still, that’s a big impact as the Miami Heat are currently up 3-1 on the top seeded Bucks in the playoffs. As for how Andre feels about the current situation he is in:
“I feel great,” he said. “This is a good fit for me, and I understand my role, and there’s plenty of reasons to like where this team and this franchise is going.”
This does not mean that Iguodala is only a locker room guy: Andre can still make shots at the rim (72nd percentile) and more impressively is in the 100th percentile for BLK% and 66th for STL%, showing his value as a versatile defender even at 36 years old.
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2020.09.08 15:35 FlynnPatrick Top 500 Players in the NBA (Episode 9)

Two teams have so many prospects it's just not fair: Denver and Boston.
I mean, the Nuggets practically gave away Malik Beasley and (spoiler) he's a fringe top 100 player. Then Boston has like 10 young players who could all make a serious impact.
I live near Denver and people are excited here. My coworker told me that he went to the liquor store and as a Colorado native he had never seen so many people talk to him about the Nuggets in his entire life. He also guaranteed a Nuggets' championship in 2-3 years. My 1st reaction is "I don't know about all that" but maybe he's right.
330. Jeremiah Martin (Brooklyn Nets)
6’3, 24.2 years old
Watching Martin gives major Brandon Jennings vibes. They are both left-handed and are walking buckets. He was an afterthought at Memphis in college at 1st but developed enough to get minutes in the bubble and Martin scored 24 points against Orlando and 20 against the Celtics. He might have a hard time starting with Kyrie Irving in the mix, but I would not be surprised to see him in the Nets rotation next season.
329. Tim Frazier (Detroit Pistons)
6’1, 29.8 years old
Frazier played in 27 games for Detroit and started in 11, but was ultimately waived shortly before the all-star break. Tim does a good job at giving assists to his teammates (98th percentile AST%) and is a solid perimeter defender (78th percentile STL%) but only shot just 36.2% from the floor with a 9.8 PER.
328. Chris Chiozza (Brooklyn Nets)
6’0, 24.7 years old
Chiozza showed solid potential in the bubble, and even scored 14 points in game 3 of the 1st round against the Raptors. Chiozza puts his teammates 1st, telling newsday.com:
“We just try to share the ball as much as we can, not settle for good shots, we try to get great shots. Sometimes, that’s just making an extra pass. That leads to high percentages and more assists. We just try to make smart plays and make the easy, right play every time.”
Similar to Jeremiah Martin (Chiozza is also from Memphis), he will be looking to prove himself again in 2021.
327. Nassir Little (Portland Trail Blazers)
6’6, 20.6 years old
Little was the 2018 McDonald’s All American MVP and built hype from that performance that he did not live up to at North Carolina. Nassir still had enough potential for the Blazers to select him in the 1st round and results were mixed. I would describe his rookie season as average, he didn’t disappoint and brought young energy to the court when he was on the floor. Little impressed the most shooting at the rim (64th percentile), non-corner 3’s (38%), and the physical skills are there. Maybe a little tuning will help in 2021.
326. Allonzo Trier (New York Knicks)
6’6, 24.6 years old
Trier once had a New York Times profile as the top 7th grade player in America and even though he is not even in the top 300, he at least made the big leagues. I think he could thrive in a situation other than being on the Knicks as well. His offensive advanced stats are very positive (above 60th percentile at rim, mid-range, and 3-point) and I think he deserves at least one more season to prove himself.
325. Cheick Diallo (Phoenix Suns)
6’9, 24.0 years old
In 47 games for the Suns, Diallo shot a career-high 64.8% from the field and he’s put up an above average PER every single season of his career. Diallo can finish at the rim but his form extends to mid-range (84th percentile, 47%). His defense is a work in progress and his offensive value is limited without a 3-point-shot, but he has the talent to be a rotation big man in the league.
324. Anthony Tolliver (Memphis Grizzlies)
6’8, 35.3 years old
In 13 games for the Grizzlies, Tolliver proved that he still has value as a stretch-4, shooting over 41% from long range. Anthony has played in over 700 games which the casual NBA fan probably would not be able to guess, and 10 NBA teams. The true definition of a journeyman, I would say he could probably make an NBA roster for another season or 2.
323. Cody Martin (Charlotte Hornets)
(6’7, 24.9 years old)
Cody stood out for his hustle and the 36th overall pick of the 2019 draft finishes substantially higher on this list than his brother Caleb. His offensive game is well balanced, he does a solid job of finishing at the rim with his athleticism (66th percentile) and he has potential as a perimeter defender as well (84th percentile STL%). As Cody told NBA.com about his experience in the big leagues:
“Being able to be in those [big games] gave me confidence, and it showed that not only my teammates, but the staff had confidence in me to be in those situations,” Martin said. “That was something that was important for me. and something I take pride in is just being ready. Going out there, I already know I’m going to play hard and at 100 percent. It’s about executing the game plan and learning once I’m in there.”
322. Keita Bates-Diop (Denver Nuggets)
6’9, 24.6 years old
Keita has a very pretty offensive game with a smooth jumper and he put up a few nice performances for the Timberwolves early in the season. He was eventually sent to Denver, and overall on the season I would say at the least he progressed from his rookie season and there is room to improve during year 3 in 2021.
321. Elie Okobo (Phoenix Suns)
6’2, 22.9 years old
Okobo saw less minutes than he did during his rookie season (18 MPG to 13 MPG) but he did slightly progress overall. His father was a professional basketball player, and as Elie told NBA.com on how he got into the game of basketball:
“I remember on Saturdays when I was a kid, the game from Friday night was on TV in the morning,” Okobo said. “I was watching the NBA. I wanted to watch LeBron so bad because LeBron was my favorite player. I was watching the Cavaliers. It was like 9:00 AM. I was waking up, 'Oh the NBA is on this morning.' That was my first memory.”
Okobo did finish in the 64th percentile for 3P% and from the 2K simulations I ran this past season, Elie tends to have a 10+ year career. I do think there is some long-term NBA potential but probably not on Phoenix.
320. Shaquille Harrison (Chicago Bulls)
6’4, 26.9 years old
Harrison improved in his 3rd season, most importantly from the 3-point-line (27% to 38%) and scored a career-high 25 points against the Indiana Pacers shortly before the season was suspended. The advanced stats show that he is a plus offensive player (.4 OBMP) and defensive player (2.4 DBPM, 99th percentile for both BLK% and STL%) and those defensive stats show a very clear under-the-radar player who could have a serious impact if given more minutes.
319. Ian Mahinmi (Washington Wizards)
6’11, 33.8 years old
Mahinmi’s contract he signed in 2016 was not viewed very pleasant the last couple of years, but he at least ended on a not terrible not and probably had his best season for the Wizards. Ian has extended his range to the 3-point-line and has a surprisingly nice form. He scored 21 points (pretty much all on Andre Drummond) in January and also scored a career-high 25 points against Miami in January. Still, his offensive efficiency was well below league average and I’m not sure what his value is heading into 2021.
318. Mario Hezonja (Portland Trail Blazers)
6’5, 25.5 years old
Hezonja has never lived up to his number 5 pick potential. Partially due to Orlando holding him back but it’s been 5 years now and he is firmly in bust territory. Mario thinks he still has value in the league, telling OregonLive in July on his fit with the Blazers:
“In my opinion, I fit in perfectly,” Hezonja said. “Off the ball, on the ball, subbing Dame at the one. I can be at the three, I can be behind CJ, I can be behind Melo. I can be behind Zach. I just want to help the team.”
Mario is a solid mid-range scorer (75th percentile) and does have some value on perimeter defense (78th percentile STL%) but at this point in his career I’m not sure a team will let him be the primary go-to guy.
317. PJ Dozier (Denver Nuggets)
6’6, 23.9 years old
I wrote that last year Dozier would be a sleeper in 2020 and was correct. The kid has serious potential, take a look at his PER36 stats:
14.7 PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 SPG
Not counting garbage time, Dozier shot 44% from 3 (99th percentile) and made 70% of his shots at the rim (90th percentile). He signed a multi-year contract with Denver recently, showing the Nuggets eye for young and up coming talent.
316. Ryan Arcidiacono (Chicago Bulls)
6’3, 24.4 years old
Arcidiacono shot a career-high 39.1% from 3 in 58 games and is the perfect definition of a “hustle player” ranking 6th in the NBA in charges drawn per game. Nothing flashy about his game, but has value as a role-playing hustle player moving forward.
315. Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks)
6’5, 27.7 years old
Connaughton had a big role with 15 points in a game 2 playoff win against Orlando and I almost moved him up more than this. I would say he did regress from 2019, however as he was a tiny bit less efficient. Pat is best making shots at the rim (88th percentile) but also shot just 33% from long range which is below league average (28th percentile) and even with that 15-point-game is averaging just 4 PPG in the playoffs. He is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and we will see if another team takes a chance on him.
314. Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans Pelicans)
6’5, 22.0 years old
It was reported that NAW grew from 6’5 to 6’6. As for what else he worked on in the offseason, Nickeil had this to say to NBA.com
"I would say just being able to get to the basket and finish. Not being able to shoot, being in a cast, it was a lot of finishing and working. When I got out of the cast, working my way back into finishing and small stuff like that, being able to gradually move back until the wrist got it’s strength back. But I would say finishing and getting to the basket."
Nickeil saved his best performance in the last game of the bubble with 29 points and 7 assists against the Orlando Magic. He did show some potential with a 38% 3-point-percentage in non-garbage time minutes (67th percentile) and I see him moving up this list next year.
313. Khem Birch (Orlando Magic)
6’9, 27.9 years old
This is about where I had him last year and statistically he regressed a tiny bit from 2019 to 2020 (FG% fell from 60.3 to 51.0). He’s solid finishing at the rim and has an okay mid-range jumper, but didn’t excel anywhere else. He’s signed through 2021 with the Magic and will get more chances to prove himself next season.
312. Cameron Payne (Phoenix Suns)
6’3, 26.0 years old
Rarely will a player finish this high with a limited sample size, but Payne is an exception. Like Jeremiah Martin, Payne also gives major Brandon Jennings’ type vibes and he excelled in the bubble. It would be interesting to see if he got an expanded role, take a look at his PER36:
17.1 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.6 SPG
That statline is that of a top 60 player in the league. Payne finished in the 100th percentile for 3-point-efficiency AND the 98th percentile for finishing at the rim, to go along with a career-high 15.7 PER. We need to see more before jumping on the bandwagon but I think at the very least he cemented himself a spot in the NBA in 2021.
311. Marvin Williams (Milwaukee Bucks)
6’9, 34.2 years old
If someone told you in 2010 that Marvin Williams would outlast Deron Williams by nearly 5 years in the league, the casual NBA fan would have thought you insane. Williams was hyped as a player who could have an impact as a role player on the top team in the NBA during the regular season, but regressed once traded to Milwaukee (just 4.0 PPG) and is basically an insurance policy at this point. His 3-point-percentage (non garbage minutes) is just 31% for the Bucks and for the Bucks he has a below 10.0 PER for the 1st time in his career. Still, he was pretty solid in Charlotte and that takes into account on this ranking as well.
310. Chandler Hutchison (Chicago Bulls)
6’7, 24.4 years old
This is lower than I had him in 2019, but Hutchison at the very least progressed in the right direction in 2020 (PPG: 5.2 to 7.8, 3P%: 28.0 to 31.6). Taking a look at the advanced stats, the biggest area where he progressed in 2020 was perimeter defense though (STL%: 39th percentile to 92nd percentile). There is a lot of potential here, he still needs to put on some weight, but if he continues to progress in year 3, he could be dangerous in year 4.
309. Skal Labissiere (Atlanta Hawks)
6’11, 24.5 years old
This is an eye test ranking, when he did see the floor, Labissiere looked impressive. In one of the highlights’ I watched, he blocked Giannis’ shot which very few players are able to do. He showed the potential to be an inside-outside threat but needs to improve his efficiency. Would have likely gotten some chances with the Hawks once traded there had he not been injured, and I can see him being John Collins’ backup in 2021.
308. Robert Williams (Boston Celtics)
6’10, 22.9 years old
My biggest area to see if players are moving in the right direction is progression or regression: did a player improve from last year or not? Williams certainly did, his PPG improved from 2.5 to 5.2 and the Celtics are handling his situation delicately. Yes the Timelord can dunk, but he also improved his mid-range-percentage (non-garbage) from 33% to 50%, and if he can continue to extend his range, he just might make time stop altogether.
307. JJ Barea (Dallas Mavericks)
6’0, 36.1 years old
Barea is likely the best Puerto Rican player ever, and would have finished higher if not for a limited sample size of 29 games. Let me tell you something else impressive that Barea did: the dude came back from a ruptured Achilles tendon 9 MONTHS after the initial injury..at 36 years old! Not only that, but Barea probably has a couple of more years left in him.
306. Abdel Nader (Oklahoma City Thunder)
6’6, 26.9 years old
Nader continued to progress in year 3 and finished in above-average percentiles for shooting percentage on all areas of the floor. He is also near-elite at blocking shots (86th percentile BLK%) and he had a positive VORP for the 1st time in his career. Nader progressed big time in year 3 and could jump into the top 250 with continued progression in year 4.
305. Darius Bazley (Oklahoma City Thunder)
6’9, 20.2 years old
Bazley is paving his own way, jumping to the G-League before Jalen Green made it cool and like Kawhi signed with New Balance. What really made Bazley take a big leap in this ranking was the bubble, where he averaged 13 PPG on 46+% from 3-point-land while making a serious name for himself as the potential starting small forward for the Thunder in 2021. Bazley also shot 50% from 3 in the playoff series against Houston. As Chris Paul told The Oklahoman about Darius recently:
“He’s so talented,” Paul said. “For him to be a rookie, there’s a lot being thrown at him. … To see his growth from when we first started off the season, he’s been really, really impressive.”
304. Daniel Gafford (Chicago Bulls)
6’11, 21.9 years old
Gafford’s potential is limited without developing an outside shot, but similar to Mitchell Robinson, he is an absolute beast in the paint. Daniel averages 3.3 blocks-per-game PER36 and shot over 70% from the field with a 16.2 PER. He also led all rookies in total blocks. As he replied on twitter about what he had to do in year 2 to continue progressing in the right direction, Gafford said “Gotta work harder”.
303. Torrey Craig (Denver Nuggets)
6’6, 29.7 years old
Craig has started in 3 playoff games for Denver and I moved him up 30+ spots taking this into consideration. He has been efficient in the playoffs as well, shooting over 36% from long range. What I like about Torrey is that he has slowly progressed and Denver clearly trusts him enough to be on the court in important minutes. He makes 73% of his shots at the rim (94th percentile) and his game is moving in the right direction.
302. Avery Bradley (LA Lakers)
6’2, 29.8 years old
Bradley bounced back a little bit, posting his best eFG% since 2017 with the Celtics during a time he was considered a near-unanimous top 100 player. Still, his momentum was halted by not joining his teammates in the bubble. He showed nice defensive plays during games but was also a net-negative on the offensive end (-3.0) and doesn’t have the ability to create his own shot at the NBA level. He is signed through next season and I will say he is a better option than JR Smith or Dion Waiters.
301. Andre Iguodala (Miami Heat)
6’6, 36.6 years old
At this point in his career, Iguodala’s impact is mainly in the locker room. Still, that’s a big impact as the Miami Heat are currently up 3-1 on the top seeded Bucks in the playoffs. As for how Andre feels about the current situation he is in:
“I feel great,” he said. “This is a good fit for me, and I understand my role, and there’s plenty of reasons to like where this team and this franchise is going.”
This does not mean that Iguodala is only a locker room guy: Andre can still make shots at the rim (72nd percentile) and more impressively is in the 100th percentile for BLK% and 66th for STL%, showing his value as a versatile defender even at 36 years old.
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2020.09.08 06:04 HiddenVersatility Hi All - Informational videos and suggestions; Hi Again - Attempting to prove the NC accident isn't related (Key Mystery)

Hi All - Informational videos and suggestions; Hi Again - Attempting to prove the NC accident isn't related (Key Mystery)
Hi all. I got really interested in keys a few months ago (lock picking and lock smiting) and I have learned a lot about keys since then. If you have an hour, I HIGHLY suggest you watch this talk on keys and how they work. They are not as secure as you think they are. Also, by understanding how common keys are and how key bitting works, maybe it can help you guys put some pieces together.
https://youtu.be/a9b9IYqsb_U Locks only keep out the innocent. You'll see what I mean once you watch this video.
Also, speaking of locks, I've noticed the absence of them in the videos leading up to this point. So far the Mountaineer key is the only key to fit a lock (that I remember, correct me if I'm wrong). Keys are usually made for locks. This leads to the question of why do the codes on the keys worked for various dial locks even though there is no corresponding locks with keyholes (excluding the car)? Why use keys, that are bitted (presumably by the person who owned the keying set), to hold onto the three digit codes?
Lastly, I think that this empty space that u/Particular-Ad4694 pointed out (and other empty spaces that weren't mentioned in the video) should definitely be looked at by the hi5 crew. https://youtu.be/R2ROddMvf0Y?t=395 This is a time stamped link to the video. Watch for like two minutes.
Ps. When the crew checks out the car, please wear long sleeves and gloves. You don't want to get anything possibly dangerous all over your hands/arms and you definitely don't want to leave your fingerprints in a strange car you don't own.
Pps. Some unimportant information that I wanted to mention: Mercury (the car brand) was and still is part of Ford. Mercury closed in 2010, as everyone already knows, due to sales being absolutely terrible. Ford still has a active registered trademark for the car brand name. Just because the company stopped selling new cars in 2010 doesn't mean that someone didn't buy it in latter years as a used car. A lot of people didn't think about used car sales.
Sorry this is so long, I wanted to keep it shorter. Good luck to you all :)
TL;DL - Watch all of the first video, watch 2 minutes of the second video, hi5 crew needs to wear long sleeves and gloves if they decide to search the car.


Hi again. I honestly wasn't expecting to put so much time into this. I wanted leave all the investigation stuff to the people who are doing a great job theorizing and whatnot but here I am. So originally I was going to put another Ps stating that the car accident in North Carolina may not even be related to the car found by the crew. I searched the article everyone posted and found the driver's name. You can search the NC criminal database for sentences so I searched him to be able to say that he isn't related. (Which he is not, or at least shouldn't be. The driver got 3 years of probation/parole. He was charged for driving under the influence and for fatally hitting a pedestrian then fleeing the scene. He was convicted 12/12/2019 so this December will be his first full year on parole. This means that he has two more years on parole so we should be able to rule him out.) Next, I was going to rule out the car being the same. I was pretty set on being able to say that the cars are not the same in this post. Unfortunately, I can't say that. The police was able to seize the vehicle. Seized vehicles are usually passed onto an auctioneer. In NC there are four businesses that receive the seized cars to auction off. None of them list the cars they've auctioned in the past, and only one lists the current cars they're auctioning. Obviously, I don't know which of the four companies the car got passed to, who it got sold to, or what they did with it and since that information isn't publicly (and legally) listed online this is where the end of that search goes.
Lets be generous and say that the car was passed onto one of the businesses after the conviction date (12/2019). We can even add on a month for approximate time it sat in the auctioneer's lot. That means that it could have been sold around January of this year which is plenty of time to drive/move a car from the East Coast to the West Coast. Therefore I can't disprove that the car from NC is relevant. Though, as of right now, it can't be proved either. I can say that it would explain some of the dings in the front of the car since the driver hit a person and a sign (there was car debris left at the scene according to the news articles) but honestly guys, if you search up "Mercury Mountaineer hit and run" on google a bunch of results come up. I mean, in the US 43,916 units were sold in 2004. If you want to account for the fact that car manufacturers name their cars a year ahead, there was presumably 49,692 units sold in 2003 (I say presumably because I didn't fact check the 2003 sales number. I did fact check the 2004 sales number though.) That many units definitely aren't on the streets today, but selling used cars is definitely a thriving business as I stated earlier. If you look at the one auctioneer who put what they have currently for auction online you will see a blue 2004 Mercury Mountaineer listed. (It's licence plate frame is coincidentally crooked in the same way the abandoned car was which I thought was funny) Please keep in mind that car is currently sitting in a lot in NC if you go to view the photo. It wan't painted red and moved to Cali. Also, the coincidental license plate frame orientation does not mean that this is for sure the auction house it came from, if it even came from one, that wouldn't be enough evidence. I've mentioned the blue Mountaineer because I read other people saying that because Mercury went out of business in 2010 there is no way to acquire a Mountaineer since 2010. While true you can't purchase a new one, you can buy a used one. The blue Mountaineer is proof of that. I hope I'm really driving that point in because I've repeatedly mentioned buying used cars. Plus, by the outside condition of the car we can safely assume that it is not new. It had enough imperfections to classify it as used.
Once again, sorry for the long read. Hope it was somewhat helpful or insightful. Good luck to you all.
TL;DR- Can't prove that the 2018 Mercury Mountaineer hit and run in North Carolina everyone was talking about isn't related, but you can't prove that it is either.

Ps. I added the photo of the blue 2004 Mercury Mountaineer I mentioned above since the next auction is September 11, 2020 according to their website. It also says on their website that they auction until everything is sold, so I decided to put the photo in here in case anyone after the auction is finished and the website is updated wanted to see.
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Pps. If this is one huge ARG made by the crew then kudos to them 👏👏 One of the main things you have to do for a successful ARG is using the real world as the platform for your game without making it feel like you're playing a game. I think that aspect has been accomplished whether or not it is a game.
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2020.09.07 18:13 ZandrickEllison Offseason Blueprint: it's time for the Minnesota Timberwolves to unleash the beast

The playoffs continue to rage on, but there are 22 teams sitting at home with nothing to do but twiddle their thumbs and wait for next season to start.
For their sake, we wanted to look ahead with the next edition of the OFFSEASON BLUEPRINT series. In each, we'll preview some big decisions and make some recommendations for plans of attack along the way. Today, we're looking at the Minnesota Timberwolves.
step one: sell the team, then sell the owners on the team
After old school Tom Thibodeau flamed out as the coach/executive in Minnesota, the franchise went in a "new" direction. Literally. New school. Analytics. Moreyball. In fact, the team hired Daryl Morey's protege Gersson Rosas to be their new basketball chief, with the presumption that he'd remake the team in the image of the Houston Rockets organization.
Whether Rosas is the right man for the job or not is still up for debate -- whether the plan will work or not is still up for debate. But what I appreciate here is that there is a plan. Rosas believes in a certain brand of basketball, and he's gotten the coaching staff to buy in as well. This past season, the T-Wolves launched the 3rd most three pointers in the league. They shot the 3rd most free throw attempts. Their pace climbed into the top 5. They're acting the part of a modern, mathematically inclined franchise.
The ship is moving in a specific direction, but they may see a storm on the horizon in the form of a new ownership group. Mainstay Glen Taylor is reportedly selling the team, with Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf as a likely buyer. Wilf has a reputation as a smart owner, but we don't know whether or not he'll buy into Rosas and his vision for the team. The front office and coaching staff will need to sell themselves all over again.
Should a new owner trust Rosas? It's too soon to tell. No doubt, the analytical revolution is here to stay, and it's wise to stay on the right side of that curve. At the same time, the jury's still out on Rosas' ability to scout players as well as he surveys spreadsheets. In the last draft, the team traded up from # 11 to # 6 and ended up with Texas Tech wing Jarrett Culver, a non-shooter. If they had stayed in place, Rosas could have taken better offensive players like Cam Johnson ( #11 pick), P.J. Washington (#12), or Tyler Herro (#13.)
Still, it's too reactionary to judge an executive based on one year's return from one year's pick. Overall, Rosas has the right mentality. He also managed to unload the massive Andrew Wiggins contract, and bring in scorers like D'Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley. And at the end of the day, the team's bad 2019-20 worked out in their favor, as they landed the # 1 pick in the draft. I wouldn't say Rosas has earned my trust yet, but he's earned a fair chance.
step two: don't be afraid to be offensive
By this point, Karl-Anthony Towns' strengths and weaknesses have been well documented. Offensively, he's one of the most gifted players in his generation. Hell, he's one of the best shooting big men of all time. He's shot 40% from three for three years running. He's scored at 62% true shooting for three years running. He has the type of talent and the type of statistics that give him true MVP potential presuming the team could somehow wind up among the top 3 seeds.
Defensively...? We have more issues than Julia Michaels. The effort isn't there. The understanding and angles aren't there. ESPN's RPM ranks his defensive impact as a -3.7 per 100 possessions, which ranks dead last among all 72 qualifiers at center. (To be fair, the other box plus/minus metric grades him about neutral on defense.) New teammate and BFF D'Angelo Russell is also better on offense than defense himself.
When your best players are great offensively and poor defensively, there's a tendency to try and "balance" the roster with defensive specialists. However, there's a risk in overcompensating.
This may be showing my age, but I'm reminded of the 2007-08 Denver Nuggets. The team had been built around a transcendent offensive talent in Carmelo Anthony, and decided to bring in another star in Allen Iverson. The pairing actually worked in regards to their efficiency. In fact, both AI and Melo achieved career highs in FG% that same season, in addition to hammering their way to 17.0 FTA per game between them. However, the team as a whole was worse offensively than defensively. Why? How? Because they figured AI and Melo could "handle" the offense, and surrounded them with defense-only players like Marcus Camby, Kenyon Martin, and Anthony Carter. Those other three starters combined for 93.3 minutes and 0.7 threes per game.
We're never going to see spacing issues like that again, but the T-Wolves need to be careful not to overcorrect in the same way. And unfortunately, they may have been doing that to some degree. Before and after Rosas, the team has made a point to surround Towns with defensive players like Josh Okogie and Jarrett Culver. Those guys aren't good offensive players though (at least, not yet), and that makes it an uphill battle to win games in a league where scoring is more efficient than ever. Consider this: despite a push to play "the right way" with more threes and FTA, Minnesota's offense has been in a nosedive. In 2017-18, the team finished 4th in offensive rating. In 2018-19, that fell to 11th. This past year, that plummeted to 24th. The fact that Towns missed time explains a lot of that, but not all of that.
Despite being built around 2 offensive players, the T-Wolves can't be content with their offensive attack right now. There's a lot more upside to tap into here. Having a stretch big like KAT gives the team a huge edge on the rest of the league (offensively), and they can be one of the few teams that can create a lineup with dynamic shooters/scorers 1-5.
step three: overload the offense
While I may have been critical of a few personnel decisions, the Minnesota Timberwolves have tried to add offensive talent already. In addition to Russell, they also acquired Malik Beasley in midseason. Beasley took full advantage of his opportunity, exploding for 20.7 points per game over his 14 games with the team. Presuming the team retains him, they could have some serious weapons here: KAT, D'Angelo, Beasley...
And hell, let's add one more.
The NBA Draft Lottery gods finally shined on Minnesota, granting them the # 1 pick overall (albeit in a weak year.)
In an ideal world, the top of this class would feature an awesome 3+D power forward, or maybe a big wing. Alas, we are living in an imperfect world. It's more likely that they'll be debating between two scoring guards instead: SG Anthony Edwards and PG LaMelo Ball. (James Wiseman may have been an option for another team, but it's hard to envision them giving major minutes to two bigs.) The Wolves could attempt to trade down a few spots, a la Boston and Markelle Fultz, and still land a good forward like Deni Avdija (Israel), but that type of maneuver is easier said than done.
Between Edwards and Ball, I'd lean to Anthony Edwards. On paper, Edwards would have one of the least impressive resumes for any # 1 pick in history. As a freshman at Georgia, he averaged a solid 19.1 points per game, but that came on poor efficiency (40.2% from the field, 29.4% from three) and on a poor team (the Bulldogs finished 16-16.) Still, the traits and tape are kinder than the stats alone. Edwards has the explosion, strength, and length that could remind optimists of Dwyane Wade or Donovan Mitchell. If you're a half-glass empty-net kinda guy, you may say he's going to develop into an empty calorie scorer in the Dion Waiters mold. Personally, I'm more optimistic than most, and think Mitchell is a realistic comparison to make. Of course, Mitchell is a hard worker, so Edwards will need to be the same to reach his own potential.
While adding another shooting guard isn't ideal, it's best not to get too cute and overthink this. Besides, Rosas comes from a Houston team that doesn't get too caught up in traditional positions anyway. Edwards' body type and dimensions are similar to Eric Gordon, who splits his time about 60-40% between SG and SF for the Rockets. If Edwards can play 20-30% of his minutes at small forward, then the team wouldn't have too much of a problem squeezing in 25-30 minutes for Malik Beasley, either as a starter or as a 6th man. Presuming, of course, a contract can be reached between the two parties.
step four: decide whether you want to be the Beasley business
Prior to the Timberwolves landing the # 1 pick, it seemed like a no-brainer to re-sign Malik Beasley (a RFA.) It may have been a limited sample size, but he flashed enough scoring talent and shooting ability to justify around $15M a year.
The possible pick of Anthony Edwards (or LaMelo Ball) does complicate that math to some degree. As mentioned, they can squeeze in all three guards into their lineup and still give them 30+ minutes a game, but it may be harder to justify a huge financial commitment. Do you want to pay Beasley $15M+ a year if you're not certain that he's going to be locked into the starting lineup?
The argument for the pro-Beasley camp would be based on his offensive talent. He got red hot for Minnesota last season -- hitting 42.6% on 8.9 three point attempts a game. Presumably, that's bound to regress to some degree. However, Beasley's shooting is more "real" than not. For his career, he's averaged 17.0 points per 36 minutes, hitting 38.8% from beyond the arc. Beasley could act as a complementary spacer with the starting lineup, or operate as a primary option for the bench unit. He'd be in play for Sixth Man of the Year if he gets 25+ minutes a game.
If you're in the anti-Beasley camp, you could nitpick his worth. He's athletic, but he's not very big (6'4", 6'7" wingspan.) In terms of size, that lends itself to a pure SG. While we could play Edwards at SF, that would make the team relatively small. A bigger concern with Beasley's future as a scorer is the fact that rarely gets to the free throw line. In his big breakout for Minnesota, he only averaged 2.0 FTA. Over the course of his career, he's averaged 1.6 FTA per 36. That's an extremely low rate for a scorer, which in turn makes him more dependent on getting hot from the field. Beasley's still managed to score at a solid efficiency rate (56.6% true shooting for his career), but there's a "cap" on his ceiling unless he gets to the line more often.
If that's the case, then perhaps it's best for the T-Wolves to "sell high" on Beasley based on his stats in Minnesota. He's a free agent, but a restricted free agent, making a "sign and trade" a distinct possibility. The most obvious trade target would be Aaron Gordon. Gordon doesn't fit in like a glove right now in Orlando, but he'd be a great counterpart to Karl-Anthony Towns here in Minnesota. He's not a shooter, really, but he's an athletic and energetic kid who puts pressure on defenses anyway. Meanwhile, the Magic would also appreciate Beasley's more traditional shooting/scoring, as their offense continues to lag. They may have to inflate an offer to Beasley to match salaries (Gordon makes $18M + $16M) but it's not out of the realm of possibility.
If Minnesota can't find a good sign and trade for Beasley this offseason, then it makes sense to work out some sort of deal to bring him back to the team. At the end of the day, you don't want to let talent walk out the door for nothing. This isn't a team that should be talking steps backwards. They will likely lose their R1 pick next year (top 3 protected) via the Wiggins-Russell trade, so they should be making a point to stack the roster as much as possible. After all, you can always adjust the roster down the road if need be.
step five: stock the empty cupboards
We've talked about the Minnesota Timberwolves having 4 potential building blocks here between Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and the # 1 pick. However, the depth chart behind those four spots looks murky right now.
"Forward" has continued to be a major issue for this team. It'd be great if either Josh Okogie or Jarrett Culver could step up and grab the reins of the SF position, but it's no guarantee. PF is also a big concern. The team acquired Juan Hernangomez from Denver, and gave him a healthy audition as a starter. The 24 year old played 29.4 minutes a game, scoring 12.9 points and hitting 42% from three. Those raw stats look good, but the advanced numbers are not as kind. In fact, Hernangomez graded as a -6.6 impact per 100 possessions according to ESPN RPM, dead last among 98 qualifiers at PF. To be fair, the kid played most of his minutes in 14 wonky games at the end of a lost season, so it's difficult to read too much into any of his numbers. Still, I'd be a little shy about giving him a big money extension as he approaches his own restricted free agency. If another team wants to pay him like a proven starter, then I may let him go.
On the fringes of the rotation, there are some faint bright spots. Rookie C Naz Reid doesn't look the part of a modern big (he looks like a stocky 40-year-old dude shooting hoops at the Y), but he flashed some ability and stretch potential. Backup PG Jordan McLaughlin is a little underrated as well, and potentially is good enough to stick on the roster for the long term as a third PG. Still, this isn't an abundance of riches here. In an ideal world, we'd add some more reliable forwards to the mix, as well as a steady backup PG.
In order to re-stock those cupboards, the T-Wolves will have to get creative. They won't have cap space, but they do have some assets. In addition to the # 1 pick, they also have # 17 pick, and the # 33 pick. They also have some potential contract "filler" like James Johnson ($16M player option!) and Jake Layman ($4M + $4M). If they paired those together -- the # 17 pick and contract filler -- they could potentially add another solid veteran anywhere in the $5M-$20M range.
If the Wolves keep their picks, they need to make them count. This is a good class at PG, so the team could potentially snag a heady backup PG like Nico Mannion (Arizona), Tyrell Terry (Stanford), or Tre Jones (Duke). If they want a bigger forward, then you'd consider active athletes like Patrick Williams (Florida State), Precious Achiuwa (Memphis), or Paul Reed (DePaul). It's hard to expect a # 17 pick to be a starter, but a rotational player is a realistic goal.
That # 33 pick is also nothing to sneeze at, especially because you may be able to land a contributor on a dirt-cheap contract. One name to keep in mind may be Leandro Bolmaro (Argentina). He's a 6'7" guard with nice size and creativity; expecting him to be the next Manu Ginobili is a stretch, but I like his chances of being a long-time pro after a few more years of seasoning.
TL;DR
It may be counterintuitive, but I'd urge the Minnesota Timberwolves to their foot on the gas and keep surrounding their stars with more and more scoring punch. After all, Gersson Rosas' dream of recreating the Houston Rockets will only work if they can fill the court with 5 threats at once. The presence of Karl-Anthony Towns automatically gives the team that type of potential; now, it's time to double down on that and unleash the full beast.
previous offseason blueprints
CHA, CHI, IND, NYK, POR, SA, SAC
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2020.09.07 01:34 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: SquaredCircle top posts from 2014-10-21 to 2020-09-06 00:51 PDT

Period: 2146.89 days
Submissions Comments
Total 999 362138
Rate (per day) 0.47 168.62
Unique Redditors 590 59964
Combined Score 5998786 12616244

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 382962 points, 67 submissions: Strike_Gently
    1. Kofi on being called the first African American champion: “I think it’s silly that people try to not count The Rock in that category. Regardless of what you look like, you are what you are. He’s black. Whether he’s half black, he’s black.” (12403 points, 1443 comments)
    2. Orton: “It took me a little time, but what I had to do was realize, Kaepernick, he wasn't shiting on the flag. He wasn't disrespecting the people that have given their lives for our freedom. He was taking a stand against police brutality.” (11866 points, 1027 comments)
    3. Kevin Owens with a video on his thoughts on COVID-19: “If you’re belittling people for wearing a mask, you’re making fun of people who are trying to do what’s best for their community.” (11740 points, 464 comments)
    4. Big Show won't wake up after a match, so the referees try to put themselves over (9919 points, 222 comments)
    5. Chuck Taylor uses a live grenade on Ciampa and feels the effect (9044 points, 581 comments)
    6. Sammy Guevara: “I’ve made stupid, inappropriate and extremely offensive comments in my past. In my idiotic mind, I thought I was being funny in using words and terms that represent nothing but horror and pain. I am truly sorry for my hurtful words and actions, and I will never forgive myself.” (8521 points, 1484 comments)
    7. HBK gets hugged by a fan in the crowd mid-match, Michaels hugs back (8107 points, 380 comments)
    8. Bray Wyatt has his own special face mask for when he goes out in public (7611 points, 321 comments)
    9. John Cena drops his title and gets the smooth assist from John Cone (7517 points, 255 comments)
    10. Jericho on a possible HOF induction: "If I continue to work for the Khan family for the rest of my life, I'll never go into the WWE Hall of Fame. I'm a hall of famer in the minds of the people who want me to be in the hall of fame. I'm a hall of famer in my mind. That's all that matters." (7263 points, 888 comments)
  2. 217417 points, 38 submissions: FuzzyWuzzyMooMoo
    1. [Royal Rumble Spoilers] Entrant #21 in the Men's Royal Rumble (13156 points, 1607 comments)
    2. [WWE Backstage Spoilers] It finally happened... (12553 points, 3172 comments)
    3. Road Dogg's reaction to seemingly hitting someone with one of the DX glow sticks at the Hall of Fame ceremony (8041 points, 344 comments)
    4. Roman Reigns: "Thank you to everyone who’s reached out...I can’t put into words what it means to me. Your energy and positivity motivate me to get better quickly to get back in the ring, but for now I’m going to spend time with my family and focus on health. Thank you - Joe/Roman" (7981 points, 432 comments)
    5. [Raw Spoilers] Damn Kurt... (7167 points, 828 comments)
    6. What is known so far about the travel issues that have left many of the WWE Talent stuck in Saudi Arabia (6830 points, 2748 comments)
    7. [AEW Double or Nothing Spoiler] Surprise appearance after the Main Event (6248 points, 1341 comments)
    8. (Raw Spoilers) Ladies and gentlemen, Braun Strowman... (6209 points, 879 comments)
    9. Roman Reigns gets distracted after seeing Dana Brooke rub oil on Sonya Deville (5997 points, 439 comments)
    10. Becky Lynch to Nia Jax: "You gave me your best sucker punch, but I got back up to destroy your whole roster. They won’t let me fight, but I’ll get back up from that too. It’s what I do. So enjoy your one free shot, because as bad as my memory is now, I haven’t forgotten you, bitch." (5958 points, 844 comments)
  3. 83439 points, 15 submissions: GetDown90
    1. Kevin Nash: "The company is called World Wrestling Entertainment. I was entertained. @StephMcMahon said we're bringing this to you to take you away from where we are. I was immersed and not watching the news. Thank you @WWE for going beyond what every other product has. Delivered!" (7785 points, 560 comments)
    2. Jake Roberts: "AEW was the first wrestling promotion that ever had a birthday party for me. That was pretty cool. They had cake and everything for everybody; it was really nice. The people at AEW are like that – Tony Khan is a wonderful man and a brilliant man." (7715 points, 488 comments)
    3. Vickie Guerrero: "I met Eddie on a blind date. I didn't get home until 4 A.M because we danced till 3 A.M. I said, 'Dad, punish me how you want. I just met the greatest guy. I don't care what my punishment is.' And we started dating ever since and it was history after that." (6360 points, 263 comments)
    4. Kane: "Bryan and I are on such opposite ends of the political spectrum. But we respect each other as human beings and value each other's opinions, so we had conversations and learned from each other. I learned a lot from Bryan, even if we didn't always agree." (6128 points, 1379 comments)
    5. Maria Kanellis: "WWE doesnt want to build new stars, they want to spike the ratings for a couple weeks to keep the investors/networks happy. What WWE doesn’t seem to get, is ratings improve when people care about the story/stars. Invest in talent, spend the time building stars, stop the laziness." (6079 points, 846 comments)
    6. Bret Hart: "Goldberg to me was one of the most unprofessional wrestlers there ever was in the business. For Bill Goldberg to be in the Hall of Fame... he hurt everybody he worked with." (6006 points, 1022 comments)
    7. Batista on his Favorite WWE Match: "It was with Rey Mysterio at a house show in Mexico. We went and gave them a pay-per-view match. We went back and got a standing ovation. Rey kicked out of my finish, we gave them every bell and whistle we could think of. That's what I wanted my career to be." (5606 points, 237 comments)
    8. Ric Flair on the Boneyard Match: "I texted Taker, 'You did it again.' That and the Fun House, it was incredible. If I'm dying as an adult who's been watching this forever, can you imagine what a 12-year-old is thinking? They gotta be going, 'Wow! Daddy this is the coolest thing!'" (5388 points, 438 comments)
    9. Luke Gallows: "When I got there (WWE) in 2016, I was pleasantly surprised because the locker room of old had changed. The old guard was gone. It wasn't everybody walking around on eggshells. I give big credit to Roman Reigns for that." (5335 points, 561 comments)
    10. Steve Austin: "I've had zero alcohol for right at 14 days now. I'm also doing my DDP Yoga shit. Hell, I'm going to jump up here and do the splits like a goddang cheerleader in a minute! I'm flexible as a motherfucker." lol (4928 points, 575 comments)
  4. 77859 points, 15 submissions: Naweezy
    1. “Motherfucker”. Stone Cold steals the Rock’s moment. (7065 points, 425 comments)
    2. Two legends with their signature rises (6617 points, 288 comments)
    3. The Rock attempts the Rock Bottom on Eddie Guerrero (6313 points, 411 comments)
    4. Wrestling 101: Don’t drop a beer Stone Cold throws you (6227 points, 206 comments)
    5. That time CM Punk and Daniel Bryan copied a spot from the Sonnen and Silvia fight on the Raw after the event (5820 points, 322 comments)
    6. Remember paper always beats the rock (5249 points, 221 comments)
    7. Scott Hall and Zack Ryder holding each other’s Intercontinental Championships 20 years apart (5098 points, 262 comments)
    8. Swig of beer for the working man (5042 points, 257 comments)
    9. Beeper. Fanny Pack. All Denim clothing. Stone Cold and The Rock. This is as 90’s as it gets (4648 points, 220 comments)
    10. HBK fools Melina who thinks he’s John Morrison (4601 points, 179 comments)
  5. 61927 points, 11 submissions: sylvester_terkay
    1. A Series of Wrestlers popping out of nowhere (8098 points, 288 comments)
    2. What reminds me of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn lately (6535 points, 234 comments)
    3. Sami Zayn popping outta nowhere (6213 points, 198 comments)
    4. Big E meets Little E (6047 points, 245 comments)
    5. Orange Cassidy joining what he thought was a slumber party (5879 points, 206 comments)
    6. Ric Flair makes a young Hurricane fan cry (5712 points, 386 comments)
    7. Roman gets his payback (5305 points, 153 comments)
    8. It took almost 2 years for Randy to get his revenge on AJ (4993 points, 233 comments)
    9. Billie Kay breaks Peyton Royce & Cathy Kelley (4517 points, 320 comments)
    10. [Raw Spoilers] Kurt Angle having some flashbacks (4334 points, 204 comments)
  6. 61503 points, 7 submissions: RealWWE
    1. Daniel Bryan medically cleared to return to in-ring action (26808 points, 6506 comments)
    2. Rey Mysterio’s reaction to seeing AJ Styles backstage at Royal Rumble (8587 points, 493 comments)
    3. [Rumble Spoilers] This Is Brock Lesnar, Hear Him Scream - The Remix (6395 points, 180 comments)
    4. The champ Becky Lynch has a special surprise for SquaredCircle ... (5661 points, 561 comments)
    5. Hello SC from Stamford! R-Truth and Carmella are enjoying their all-expenses paid vacation to WWE HQ (5397 points, 356 comments)
    6. Not-so-official artwork for NXT TakeOver in the year 2050 (4463 points, 203 comments)
    7. I am WWE SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch and the Superstar everyone wants to see at Evolution, the first-ever all-women's pay-per-view. Ask the champ anything! (And boo the woo!) (4192 points, 1738 comments)
  7. 54103 points, 10 submissions: hall198
    1. Deadspin: WWE Allows Alleged Child Sex Predator to Waltz Back Into the Ring Like Nothing Happened (8645 points, 1551 comments)
    2. Ric Flair's ringtone is set to 'Ric Flair Drip' and Charlotte is shocked by this discovery. (7829 points, 548 comments)
    3. Renee Young announces she has COVID-19 (5137 points, 983 comments)
    4. (SD Spoilers) This fan went all out for Holloween (5112 points, 153 comments)
    5. TMZ: The Columbus police department launch an investigation into Marty Jannetty's facebook comments from earlier today "We are going to look into this. The first step will be seeing if we have any missing persons or unidentified remains cases that match the limited information in the post." (4992 points, 776 comments)
    6. Tommy Dreamer: "Yesterday. AEW packed, ROH sold out, WWE tokyo packed, they ran Jackson as well. NXT Venice (packed), I did an indy (with) over 700 people. I keep reading all these other indies ran last night, So many people were entertained by professional wrestling. YESTERDAY WAS A GOOD DAY" (4575 points, 237 comments)
    7. The IIconics are amazing, pass it on. (4565 points, 433 comments)
    8. The PPV poster for Hell in a Cell (4523 points, 426 comments)
    9. (NXT Spoilers) YEET. (4420 points, 383 comments)
    10. Ric Flair: "It's Official, Charlotte Is No Longer Ric Flair's Daughter. I Am Charlotte Flair's Dad! All The Accolades That Have Come My Way Over Time Are Diminished By Her Accomplishments Now! I Am So Proud Of You Charlotte." (4305 points, 503 comments)
  8. 52599 points, 8 submissions: Bigbenn0
    1. I present to you the first and only time John Cena did a suicide dive. (8006 points, 382 comments)
    2. On this day 2 years ago, the greatest moment in WWE history happened. (7898 points, 364 comments)
    3. To be honest, this alone should get R-Truth inducted into the Hall of Fame (7364 points, 381 comments)
    4. A reminder that Ricochet isn’t human. (6457 points, 517 comments)
    5. The Usos forfeiting the Gauntlet Match out of respect for Kofi and The New Day was perfection and one of the best part of Kofimania. WWE gets a lot of criticism for their storylines and bookings and whatnot but Kofimania shows that they can be great when they want to. (6380 points, 358 comments)
    6. I often forget how crazy Bobby Lashley was back in the day. (6138 points, 387 comments)
    7. In Honor of Money in the Bank this Sunday, here’s what I think is the greatest non-Wrestlemania entrance in WWE History. I also don’t think there’ll come another time where a superstar elicit this big of a ovation off their entrance alone. (5455 points, 849 comments)
    8. John Cena and Sting congratulating a 7-Year old Girl on beating cancer after Raw went off air. (4901 points, 273 comments)
  9. 49307 points, 10 submissions: woo_hah
    1. John Cena: “I can say with the utmost sincerity that I believe Brock Lesnar is best in-ring performer that I've seen. His performance at the Rumble was a clinic on how to establish yourself, how to establish those around you, establish the championship, establish the importance of one event.” (5922 points, 853 comments)
    2. WWE confirms move to Amway Center (calling it WWE ThunderDome). There will be drone cameras and 1,000 virtual fans, with crowd audio mixed in. Kevin Dunn says pryo, smoke and projections will allow for “a big, beautiful entrance, better than WrestleMania.” (5685 points, 1123 comments)
    3. Big E on Xavier Woods: “If Woods doesn’t come up to me in 2014 and say, ‘Hey, I have an idea for a group. You want to join me?’ If that doesn’t happen, who knows if I’m even still employed here. He changed our lives. And the fact that he got the trombone over in wrestling? That’s incredible.” (5625 points, 294 comments)
    4. Drew McIntyre: “I don’t know why, but Kurt Angle chose to work with me for one of his final matches in TNA. He made me look like a million bucks. Then, a few years later in WWE, he made me look like an absolute killer. I can never thank Kurt enough for what he has done and continues to do for me.” (5314 points, 120 comments)
    5. Terry Funk on AEW: “Vince and WWE, they’re not fresh. Yes, Vince does big business. They have the best talent in the world, but they have no fresh ideas. They should be selling out every arena. Vince thinks he’s fresh, he thinks he’s the best. That’s when you get knocked on your ass.” (5128 points, 613 comments)
    6. Jake Hager: "When I look now at guys like Cesaro, guys like Bobby Lashley, they’re just lost. When I look at them, that whole cloud of doom comes right back over me. [WWE] knows exactly what they’re doing and I hate to say it, but it’s on purpose. They want you lost in there so they can control you" (4660 points, 1256 comments)
    7. Chris Jericho: “One of my mission statements in AEW is to build new talent. People complain, ‘We don’t have any idea who this people are!’ It’s only been nine weeks, and we’re focusing on one person every couple of weeks. Building new stars will make this promotion successful.” (4578 points, 491 comments)
    8. Otis on winning MITB: “I found out and was like, ‘What?’ When the briefcase got into my hands, that’s when it felt real. I remember watching the first ‘Money in the Bank’ match at WrestleMania, and it blows my mind that I woke up right next to it this morning.” (4214 points, 475 comments)
    9. Mandy Rose pitched the Otis storyline directly to Vince McMahon. It was inspired by their real-life friendship. (4093 points, 347 comments)
    10. Renee Young on WWE's reaction to her positive COVID test: "Did I feel a little slighted? I didn't really feel like anyone was all that concerned that I got sick. That bothered me for sure." (4088 points, 521 comments)
  10. 49071 points, 3 submissions: LazyCanasian
    1. Earthquake (my dad) playing Tetris while my brother and sister look on. (18154 points, 541 comments)
    2. In memory of my dad today, here he is on his birthday excited for some hot disco hits! (17092 points, 429 comments)
    3. In honor of Father’s Day, here’s Earthquake and me around 1996-1997. Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads that are still with us and those that aren’t. Much love! (13825 points, 363 comments)
  11. 47977 points, 1 submission: Macaveli54
    1. Nearly 50 hours of work, here’s my drawing of The Rock (47977 points, 1413 comments)
  12. 40346 points, 7 submissions: KhabibTime
    1. Ric Flair: I Ain't Dead Yet Mother Fuckers! WOOOOO! (11185 points, 581 comments)
    2. Big E: Sometimes you forget the dude you’ve goofed off with for the last 4+ years is a legend. Putting in an actual hour against (and DEFEATING) world champs & future HOFers was awe inspiring & humbling. Last night was one we will never forget. (5573 points, 562 comments)
    3. James Ellsworth: When I wrestled Braun Strowman the match didn't last 2 minutes, and with that neither was my WWE career suppose to. Thanks to fans all over the world, in those nearly 2 minutes I lasted a year and a half a WWE, I'll never forget what wrestling fans did for me (5366 points, 175 comments)
    4. Jon Moxley: “Pressure is having a 2-page script written by a 74-year old mad man that makes no sense, that’s gonna make you look stupid on TV” (5000 points, 737 comments)
    5. Big E: Kofi has the most days as a tag team champion in the history of WWE. Never failed a drug test. Never had a brush with the law. Always a professional to the highest degree. Give this man his flowers while he can still smell them. (4858 points, 385 comments)
    6. [WWE After The Bell] Randy Orton Confirms AJ Styles is a Flat Earther (4264 points, 1336 comments)
    7. Kayla Braxton: @WWE I’ll forego my paycheck to never see Lana and Lashley together on television again (4100 points, 448 comments)
  13. 37282 points, 7 submissions: WorkFriendlyAcct
    1. Fan misreads request for assistance. (9173 points, 306 comments)
    2. Triple H marks out for Randy Orton (5212 points, 201 comments)
    3. Picture perfect hurricanranna off the top rope to the outside. (5023 points, 182 comments)
    4. The most dramatic running clothesline in the history of professional wrestling. (4703 points, 344 comments)
    5. Daniel and Brie share a moment (4629 points, 556 comments)
    6. 30 Years of the Royal Rumble (4346 points, 638 comments)
    7. Mayoral Candidate Abuses Cheerleaders (4196 points, 128 comments)
  14. 35508 points, 1 submission: MustacheDiaries
    1. 1992 and 2020 have identical calendars so I'm using the 1992 WWF Calendar this year. (35508 points, 640 comments)
  15. 34503 points, 6 submissions: thebobbyshaw33
    1. Sign catches Rock’s attention and he’s gotta set the record straight (9731 points, 389 comments)
    2. (HIAC SPOILERS) Xpac is all of us (5967 points, 837 comments)
    3. This has to be one of the greatest photos ever captured in wrestling. (5939 points, 242 comments)
    4. Kane comes out to Slow Chemical for his victory speech. (4505 points, 559 comments)
    5. The accuracy of this tweet is amazing and even Dolph found it hilarious “undertaker 2000 & undertaker 1999” (4189 points, 185 comments)
    6. [HOF Spoilers] crowd favorite (4172 points, 270 comments)
  16. 33054 points, 3 submissions: suzukigun4life
    1. WWE has confirmed WrestleMania will not be taking place in Tampa Bay. It will instead air live on PPV/WWE Network and emanate from the WWE Performance Center. (22353 points, 4591 comments)
    2. [GRR SPOILERS] Greatest moment in Royal Rumble history? (6164 points, 498 comments)
    3. [RAW Spoilers] Superstar's update (4537 points, 821 comments)
  17. 32590 points, 5 submissions: Knoxlag
    1. "Rusev literally gave $25,000 of his own money to pay WWE production workers cause they weren’t getting paid." (9391 points, 1076 comments)
    2. 2 Generations apart (7862 points, 328 comments)
    3. Dave Meltzer: "What horrible news, Rocky Johnson passed away, Dwayne's father. Our best to Dwayne, Ricky, Ata and the entire family." (7091 points, 323 comments)
    4. Cody with some legendary company on the Jericho Cruise (4170 points, 262 comments)
    5. Photo of the new AEW faction (4076 points, 636 comments)
  18. 31221 points, 5 submissions: mcm123456
    1. That time Triple H KILLED Shawn Michaels. I'm glad he retired this dangerous move. (8396 points, 650 comments)
    2. 27 years ago to this day, WWF Champion Hulk Hogan faced IWGP Champion The Great Muta (7093 points, 837 comments)
    3. Triple H disguised as Goldust shooting Kane with a Flamethrower. You can't make this shit up... (6706 points, 412 comments)
    4. Eddie Guerrero realising he's in trouble a little too late. (4610 points, 312 comments)
    5. Booker T, Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho stealing each other's Finishers. (4416 points, 300 comments)
  19. 26914 points, 5 submissions: will_upvote_beer
    1. Kurt Angle: “Wrestlemania is around the corner. My very last match. I know its not the old Kurt Angle everyone has wanted, but im proud knowing its the new Kurt Angle thats been clean for almost 6 years. Thank you to all those who have been supporting me through the good and bad. I love you all.” (8364 points, 508 comments)
    2. Batista turned down WWE Hall Of Fame invitation because his in-ring career is not over: "I would love to go back. I've been very vocal about that" (5233 points, 626 comments)
    3. Rusev is selling more shirts than The Shield and everyone else in WWE (4829 points, 606 comments)
    4. Jim Ross signs with All Elite Wrestling for most lucrative deal in commentary history (4310 points, 772 comments)
    5. Meltzer reporting that Fox wants Smackdown to be less comedy and more sports (4178 points, 966 comments)
  20. 26079 points, 4 submissions: KneeHighMischief
    1. CM Punk with a fantastic display of sportsmanship after Chris Hamrick suffers a gruesome knee injury (9746 points, 416 comments)
    2. Sami Zayn finds out that Ska isn't cool anymore (6840 points, 601 comments)
    3. A dazed Michael McGillicutty (Curtis Axel) thinks he got the better of Sheamus 1/19/13 (5337 points, 236 comments)
    4. Alberto El Patron has no concept of physics (4156 points, 335 comments)
  21. 25796 points, 3 submissions: Bradleyharheez
    1. TRAGIC UPDATE: LA County lifeguards confirm body found in Venice Beach is former WWE star Shad Gaspard, via @tina_patel. (15688 points, 1545 comments)
    2. R-truth crashes drake Mavericks wedding to become 24/7 champion again! (5218 points, 762 comments)
    3. Tommy dreamer posted this photo of him and Howard finkel and his sign in the background just makes me shed a tear (4890 points, 203 comments)
  22. 24259 points, 4 submissions: AJ-Naka-Zayn-Owens
    1. Eddie Guerrero wins the 100M race (8565 points, 286 comments)
    2. Kurt Angle reverses everything The Undertaker does into an Ankle Lock (5774 points, 438 comments)
    3. Eddie Guerrero’s last cheeky smile before he would sadly pass away (5559 points, 282 comments)
    4. Great sequence from Adam Cole at NXT Takeover NOLA (4361 points, 315 comments)
  23. 24199 points, 1 submission: serenawilliams
    1. kn0thing said you all wanted to see the belt. Banana for scale. (24199 points, 990 comments)

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  1. Nearly 50 hours of work, here’s my drawing of The Rock by Macaveli54 (47977 points, 1413 comments)
  2. 1992 and 2020 have identical calendars so I'm using the 1992 WWF Calendar this year. by MustacheDiaries (35508 points, 640 comments)
  3. Daniel Bryan medically cleared to return to in-ring action by RealWWE (26808 points, 6506 comments)
  4. kn0thing said you all wanted to see the belt. Banana for scale. by serenawilliams (24199 points, 990 comments)
  5. WWE has confirmed WrestleMania will not be taking place in Tampa Bay. It will instead air live on PPV/WWE Network and emanate from the WWE Performance Center. by suzukigun4life (22353 points, 4591 comments)
  6. (Wrestlemania Spoilers) Surprise at Wrestlemania. by boundedwum (19319 points, 1975 comments)
  7. Is this the right subreddit for this? (x-post /GeometryIsNeat) by Thehoneyfetish (18989 points, 401 comments)
  8. Earthquake (my dad) playing Tetris while my brother and sister look on. by LazyCanasian (18154 points, 541 comments)
  9. Good Guy Shawn Michaels helps kid with Down Syndrome who jumped the fence by ClintEastwood41 (17590 points, 822 comments)
  10. In memory of my dad today, here he is on his birthday excited for some hot disco hits! by LazyCanasian (17092 points, 429 comments)

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  10. 4004 points: deleted's comment in WWE is changing the name of Moolah match: “After further consideration, we believe it’s best to proceed with the name ‘WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal.’ What remains most important is that this historic match is part of WWE’s unwavering commitment to the Women’s Division.
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2020.09.04 13:50 PACREG86 Q: How do you select/curate your TBR? 📚

There have been some great discussions on how folks organize their books to be read(TBR) i.e. here and already read i.e. here and here...but how do you choose what makes it into your queue??
Obviously this is all subjective and unique but I am curious and interested...
Especially in the differences between how those who have been reading romance for years and years vs. someone new to the genre!!
For more established readers: do you find yourself branching out to new sub-genres in pursuit of the next good book or must-read author...or sticking to your preferred sub-genre?
For newer readers...how are you choosing among all the different sub-genres and tropes and authors?
I definitely think of myself as a newbie to romance...I only picked it up last November. And I stumbled into it at a nearby non-profit that gives away books...(wonderful place) and on a whim I grabbed a bag full of vintage romance novels one day...and I loved them...for several months I just read randomly whatever was on the shelf and looked interesting...but notably all HR and they were definitely older titles. When I finally realized I was HOOKED, I became interested (slightly obsessed) in researching:
  1. the origins of the genre and
  2. What were considered the "BEST" books
and this lead me to the compiling of my kinda ridiculous TBR list...at the heart of it are these "Best of..." Lists...I do love a good list!!
I thought ok...I'll just read through these lists and I'm sure to find all the "good" ones...LOL
Now this is obviously more than enough to keep anyone busy reading for years!! and then...I stumbled in here this summer...and y'all are so passionate about good books...so I just keep adding things to the list...I can't even add everything to my good reads TBR list because if I saw all the titles in one place I might freak out...anyway...for me it is all about trying to read through the greatest hits of HR...but obviously I make exceptions for other sub-genres and authors that come highly recmd here...Thank you u/Pulka_Dotts for the gift of Alexis Hall!!💖💖💖
Are you choosing based on sub-genre preferences only...chasing tropes...authors and a certain style of writing...steam-level??...what's available on KU...what's available from the library...recs from here... book bloggers you like...???
TL:DR How do you build and curate your TBR??
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2020.09.02 21:57 FlynnPatrick The Top 500 Players in the NBA (Episode 1)

Counting down every player in the NBA is no easy task, but it’s been a joy for me to study the game seriously in the last 3-4 years, and I hope this list is better than the years before.
A little about me: I’m 27, and just completed a job of writing for an NBA youtube channel for the last ten months. Before that, I wrote freelance on Reddit for 2-3 years, and I am returning to do more now. My professional career is kind of in limbo right now, but I trust the universe to pull me in the right direction.
In past years’ I analyzed box scores, but after working a professional job at making NBA content, the biggest lesson I learned about this list is the importance of advanced statistics. I will be using CleaningTheGlass.com to piece together the story on many players.
All 527 players will be thoroughly analyzed, and this will be a 50-part series with 1 article released a day for the next 50 days.
Let the fun begin.
527. Matt Mooney (Cleveland Cavaliers)
6’3, 23.6 years old.
Many of these 1st few players are clear fringe NBA players but don’t count them out either. One example is during the 2018 season, I had Royce O’Neale last for two months, and he is now a solid NBA player who recently signed an extension.
Mooney’s path is unlikely. He had just two scholarship offers and committed to Air Force. He averaged only 6.9 points-per-game and then played for South Dakota. Mooney did better there and grad-transferred to Texas Tech (Mooney lived in a party house, and the coaches would visit him there) for his final college season. This turned out to be the best possible decision for his professional career, as Texas Tech made the national championship. Mooney scored 22 points in a win against Michigan State in the final 4.
His play in a significant conference prepared Mooney for the big leagues enough as he made the 2nd team All-Big 12 and played four games for the Cleveland Cavaliers on a two-way contract. He played 42 G-League games and averaged 13.1 PPG and 4.7 APG with decent shooting splits. He still turned himself from a fringe college basketball player to play in 4 NBA games, very impressive.
526. Joe Chealey (Charlotte Hornets)
6’3, 24.8 years old.
Chealey has overcome some obstacles: he tore his Achilles before what was supposed to be his junior season in 2016. Joe came back the next season to make the 1st team all-conference squad twice and had 32 points for the College of Charleston in the CAA championship to make the NCAA tournament in 2018.
Joe has been a fringe NBA player since last season (he was the last place on my 2019 list) and regressed in the G-League this year compared to 2019. Still, to make the NBA after suffering a torn Achilles is cool.
525. JP Macura (Cleveland Cavaliers)
6’5, 25.2 years old
Macura was a supervillain for Xavier in college. As college teammate Trevon Bluiett told the Athletic about JP though says a different story:
“If you’re on the outside looking in, I feel like most people just hate him, his overall attitude and demeanor that he brings on the court,” Xavier senior Trevon Bluiett says. “What you don’t know is that he’s one of the nicest guys ever. The way he acts on the court is a total 180 from the way he acts off the court.”
Macura is a fringe NBA player similar to Chealey, but in his 2nd big-league season, improvement with a 64.6 2 pt%, 2.2 steals per game, and a 17.9 PER.
524. Jarrod Uthoff (Washington Wizards)
6’9, 27.2 years old
Uthoff concluded the season with a solid 8-point-performance against the Celtics, and honestly, he could probably be higher than this. He made a couple of nice moves on Grant Williams, and in 3 games in the bubble, Uthoff averaged 5 PPG on over 54% shooting. These were all meaningless games. The best-case scenario is a Davis Bertans type role.
523. Jordan Bone (Detroit Pistons)
6’2, 22.8 years old
Bone was ranked as just the 171st best senior in the 2016 class by 247sports and is best known for the wild celebration he had after drafting a few picks before going undrafted—a very well-respected college player at Tennessee.
Although he hardly saw any NBA action, Bone did show promise in the G-League this season. His averages (17 PPG good efficiency) were stable, and my verdict is he will finish higher next year and has a spot in the league.
522. Jonah Bolden (Phoenix Suns)
6’10, 24.6 years old
Bolden was a sleeper prospect for “The Process” 76ers, but his potential has not come to fruition, and he finishes outside of the top 500 this year. He only received action after Phoenix had four big men injured. Looking at some highlights from the G-League, he still has some excellent inside-outside potential, but nothing extraordinary screams out about his game.
521. Daryl Macon (Miami Heat)
6’3, 24.7 years old
Macon has been a fringe NBA player for the last two years but has averaged 18 PPG in the G-League since 2018, and even appears in a few NBA games after starting his college basketball career at Holmes Community College in Mississippi is a significant accomplishment.
Daryl recently signed in Turkey, and he will continue his professional career overseas it looks like for 2021.
520. Josh Gray (New Orleans Pelicans)
6’1, 27.0 years old
After just averaging 5.4 points-per-game and shooting 21.6% from long range his last year in college in 2016 (as a teammate to Ben Simmons on LSU), Gray worked his way up in the G-League and looking at his highlights now, and he is a fearless point guard when driving to the basket. He averaged over 22 PPG in the G-League with a 17.9 PER in 2020. I could see him in a steady 2nd string PG spot if everything goes right, although that might be a big if.
519. Ignas Brazdeikas (New York Knicks)
6’7, 21.6 years old
Brazdeikis averaged over 20 PPG in the G-League this year and shot just over 34% from 3, and watching him play, and I get the feeling of “his athleticism will hold him back” in the NBA. Still, who knows what is happening with the Knicks and I have been wrong about players before.
518. Brian Bowen (Indiana Pacers)
6’7, 21.8 years old
Bowen has superior scoring ability but lacks NBA strength and playmaking ability. Still, his scoring ability is real, and he is young enough to where he could be a staple NBA player by 23 or 24 years old if he develops in the right direction.
517. Marques Bolden (Cleveland Cavaliers)
6’11, 22.4 years old
He’s a project, but the potential with Bolden could also be worth it. He can score inside, block shots, and although he shot only 18.4% from 3, his form looks nice, and he could be a staple NBA player by the time he turns 25 if he can get that 3 point average to about 35%.
516. Chasson Randle (Golden State Warriors)
6’2, 27.6 years old
Did you know Chasson Randle has a burger named after him? You can find “The Chasson” at local restaurant Pee Wee’s in Rock Island, Illinois. Randle played 49 games for the Wizards last year and had some excellent performances but only appeared in 3 games for the Warriors in 2020. Still, Randle is a fighter who started his career in the Czech Republic and as he told The Athletic a year ago:
“I’m just here to do my job and play the cards that are dealt to me and go from there.”
515. Devontae Cacok (LA Lakers)
6’7, 23.8 years old
Cacok was an offensive lineman as a kid and did not play basketball until the 8th grade. Cacok shot over 65% from the field in the g-league in 2020, mostly around the basket. He appeared in just one game for the Lakers, but in that one game scored 6 points. Devontae is a player who would have fit a lot better in the NBA 10 years ago, but depending on the situation, he could have a spot as a reserve somewhere.
514. Jared Harper (Phoenix Suns)
5’11, 22.9 years old
Harper 1st started playing basketball on a nerf hoop in his room, and after a junior season for Auburn in 2019, he averaged over 15 points-per-game and made the All-SEC 2nd Team, Harper entered the draft and did not get selected. Although he played just 3 NBA games, Jared showed some pro potential in the G-League. He has Curry range, is efficient (20.2 PPG, 36% from 3), he still needs to find his identity a little bit, but I can see him being a solid NBA player (potentially with the Knicks who he just signed with) in 2-3 years.
513. Tyler Zeller (San Antonio Spurs)
7’0, 30.6 years old
The number 17 pick in 2012, Zeller was a solid rotation big man for the duration of his rookie contract, but he’s only played in 8 NBA games since 2018. He didn’t show anything significant, but he’s a seven-footer with some skills, and teams keep signing him.
512. Tariq Owens (Phoenix Suns)
6’10, 25.2 years old
The 2nd player from Texas Tech to crack the list, Owens, has overcome a lot. His mother passed away in 2010, and he embraced the game of basketball. Like his father, Renard, says:
“Basketball saved my son’s life,” Renard said. “I really believe that. Basketball was the one constant thing for him. … It was the one thing he could go to express himself. He was able to connect with that, and it gave him a safe place to be in.”
As for his actual game, Owens has incredibly friendly length, and he is a decent scorer, good rebounder and shot-blocker, while also having a developing 3 point shot (28.6% in g-league). At 25, we’ll see how much more he develops, but he is a fun player to watch.
511. Jalen Lecque (Phoenix Suns)
6’4, 20.2 years old
Lecque was a unique case of going from high school to the NBA in the one-and-done era. As Lecque told the athletic after going undrafted but signing with the Phoenix Suns:
“It’s kind of crazy,” Lecque said. “I was just taking my finals a couple of months ago and now I’m in the NBA.”
His first year was a work in progress though, he only appeared in 3 NBA games, and although he was able to make some hype plays, he shot just over 21% from long range. Still, he’s not even 21; I’d give it another year before making a conclusive verdict.
510. William Howard (Houston Rockets)
6’8, 26.8 years old
Howard was prepared to play basketball at the University of Washington, because of a low English score was denied entry to D1 by the NCAA in 2012. So he went back to his home country of France and played there for seven years.
The Utah Jazz bought out his contract in France to sign him in the summer of 2019, and he eventually ended up on a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets. He showed potential as a 3&D guy in the G-League (1.6 SPG, over 36% from 3) but ultimately ended up in France where he signed with ASVEL.
509. Quinndary Weatherspoon (San Antonio Spurs)
6’4, 24.0 years old
Weatherspoon was on cloud nine after being drafted by San Antonio. Scouts respected his game, as two of them told The Athletic:
“He’s not a scrub,” an Eastern Conference scout said. “He’s strong and athletic and can make shots.”
“Good player on both sides of the ball,” a Western Conference scout added. “Plus, he has good character.”
In the G-League, Weatherspoon averaged 14.8 PPG, 4.8 APG, 4.0 RPG, and 1.2 SPG. His 3 point shooting efficiency could use some work (just 33.6%).
His jump shot is very fluid and I could see him, and he cracked the Spurs rotation in the bubble. I could see him getting more minutes next year.
508. Ryan Anderson (Houston Rockets)
6’10, 32.3 years old
Anderson was once one of the more dangerous scoring threats in the league (42% from 3 2015-2017), but he fell off very quickly as he has only played in 25 NBA games since 2018. He was cut just a month after the regular season started, and there is a good chance that Anderson has played his final NBA game.
507. Kostas Antetokounmpo (LA Lakers)
6’10, 22.7 years old
Kostas Antetokounmpo told The Athletic 2 years ago:
“Some people call me the Greek Freak 2.0,” the younger Antetokounmpo tells his interviewer. “But I don’t really have a nickname yet. Just call me Kostas.”
A few years later, he does not have a bonafide nickname, but after being selected 60th overall in 2018 with an up-and-down rookie season, Kostas did improve in his 2nd professional season. In the G-League, his PPG jumped from 10.6 to 14.1, he shot nearly 69% on 2-point-shots, and his PER jumped from 14.7 to 17.9.
Still not 23 years old, Kostas probably needs to put on 15 more pounds, but I would say his ceiling could be an excellent rotation player even as soon as a year.
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2020.09.02 21:37 FlynnPatrick The Top 500 Players in the NBA Part 4 (Tacko Fall)

450. Jordan Poole (Golden State Warriors)
6’5, 21.2 years old
Poole had plenty of chances to produce but did not as his eFG% was in just the 8th percentile in the entire NBA. The Warriors took a chance on him over players like Kevin Porter Jr and it seems that was a bad decision. He is still young and will have a chance to prove himself further next season.
449. Norvell Pelle (Philadelphia 76ers)
6’11, 27.5 years old
Pelle’s athleticism bought a dimension to the 76ers offense that they lacked and having a center who could finish at the rim was a big upgrade for them. He also bought passion to the defensive side of the floor with 1.3 blocks-per-game and even though he averaged just 2.4 points-per-game, he could have a more expanded role next season.
448. Justin Wright-Foreman (Utah Jazz)
6’2, 22.8 years old
Wright-Foreman has a pretty left-handed jumper and isn’t afraid to shoot over taller defenders. He also can hit from 3 consistently, shooting over 40% from long distance in the G-League with over 17 PPG. Whether it’s with Utah or someone else, he is moving in the right direction towards being a solid role player in the NBA.
447. Justin Patton (Oklahoma City Thunder)
7’0, 23.2 years old
The former number 16 overall pick has struggled with injuries, but I wouldn’t count him out yet. Now fully healthy, Patton had a solid G-League season in 2020 (12.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG) and is a 7 footer with a developing 3-point-shot. Watching his highlights I can see why he was considered a 1st round pick, Patton is a potential sleeper.
446. Johnathan Williams (Washington Wizards)
6’9, 25.2 years old
Williams put up a 12 point, 3 block performance for the Wizards, and was cut immediately after. Such is life in the NBA.
445. Paul Watson (Toronto Raptors)
6’6, 25.7 years old
Watson had a 22 point game in the bubble to end the season against the Nuggets and he made multiple flashy plays. This resonates with an impressive G-League season as well in which Paul averaged 19 PPG and shot over 42% from the field. As for how Watson felt about his impressive performance against Denver, he told The Athletic:
“Just being able to go out there and work with the time I’m getting as a confidence builder, it shows Coach Nick has a lot of trust in me and what I’ve been able to do in our shooting times and practice and things like that,” Watson said. “So it’s definitely a big confidence booster for me.”
444. Ryan Broekhoff (Philadelphia 76ers)
6’7, 30.0 years old
Broekhoff was an analytics darling last year (93rd% for 3PAccuracy, made every single long mid-range and 3Pcorner shot last season) but that luck did not carry over into 2020 as Ryan was waived by Dallas before signing a two-way contract with Philadelphia before the bubble. He did not appear in any games for the 76ers.
443. Charlie Brown (Atlanta Hawks)
6’7, 23.6 years old
Here comes Charlie Brown! Jokes aside the kid have serious potential (17.4 ppg, 1.3 spg, 1.2 bpg in g-league. His game kind of reminds me of JR Smith. Needs to improve 3 point shooting (26.8% g-league) but there is some room to blossom here.
442. DJ Wilson (Milwaukee Bucks)
6’10, 24.5 years old
Wilson is an excellent mid-range scorer (98th percentile, 58% on all mid-range-jumpers) but that does not extend out to the 3-point-like where he shot just 23%. In a 12-point-game in the bubble against Memphis, he took Jonas Valanciunas to school multiple times. There is still some potential here.
441. Kadeem Allen (New York Knicks)
6’3, 27.6 years old
Kadeem was a potential under-the-radar player last year with some impressive nba performances but he regressed in 2020 (FG% fell from 45.1 to 39.4 in G-League). Allen currently is signed in France’s top league, opting for more playing time.
440. Chimezie Metu (San Antonio Spurs)
6’10, 23.4 years old
Metu could be a sleeper in 2021. His 3p% in the g-league improved to 37.5% this past season and his PPG from 14 to 18. Metu looked more comfortable on the court in his 2nd professional season with a 22.8 PER in the minors. The spurs do not exactly have great front court depth and I see a bigger role next season.
439. Drew Eubanks (San Antonio Spurs)
6’10, 23.6 years old
For the next few players, we are going to switch it up and take a look at the players’ per-36 stats as well.
Drew Eubanks PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
Stats 4.9 3.9 0.7 0.8 0.2 17.3
Per-36 14.2 11.3 2.0 2.3 0.7
Eubanks has borderline all-star numbers at PER 36. Watching him play I don’t think he is a fluke either. If you aren’t on the Eubanks hype train yet, take a look at his stats in the bubble:
Drew Eubanks PPG RPG APG BPG
Bubble Stats 7.0 6.3 0.7 1.4
The Spurs depth isn’t great to begin with, and Eubanks was clearly trusted by Pop.
08/05/20 vs. the Nuggets (12 points and 5 rebounds)
Eubanks bought an immediate positive energy boost to the court against one of the top centers in the NBA: Nikola Jokic. Mike Malone took advantage of this mismatch at 1st as Nikola hit multiple 3’s on Drew. Still, he played had and consistent throughout this match and was able to secure 12 points.
438. Miye Oni (Utah Jazz)
6’6, 23.1 years old

Miye Oni PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
Stats 3.5 1.7 0.4 0.2 0.4 9.7
Per-36 11.6 5.6 1.3 0.7 1.3

Miye Oni PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
G-League Stats 12.7 6.0 4.0 0.5 1.3 13.8
Oni has potential as a 3-and-D guy (35.4% from 3 in G-League) but playmaking and efficiency need to improve just a bit.
08/07 vs. Spurs (14 points)
Oni made a couple of odd plays but showed a pretty release from deep and even hit a couple of clutch shots.
Overall Oni’s game isn’t the sexiest you’re ever going to see, but his game flows smooth in the Jazz’ offense.
437. Jarred Vanderbilt
6'9, 21.4 years old

Miye Oni PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
Stats 1.1 1.4 0.2 0.1 0.4 12.4
Per-36 12.5 12.0 1.6 0.5 3.1

Jarred Vanderbilt PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
G-League Stats 14.7 10.1 2.2 1.1 1.4 18.3
John Calipari sat Jarred Vanderbilt down in 2018 and told him that “you can be the best rebounder in the world”. At 21, Vanderbilt has not reached near his potential but he did average a double-double in the G-League and show nice potential as a defensive ace as well. Now on the Minnesota Timberwolves, the franchise has room for a player with his skillset to slide in nicely next to a player like Karl Anthony-Towns.
436. Theo Pinson (Brooklyn Nets)
6’6, 24.8 years old

Theo Pinson PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
Stats 3.6 2.0 1.2 0.0 0.3 5.2
Per-36 11.8 5.3 5.5 0.4 1.7

Theo Pinson PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
G-League Stats 15.3 6.8 5.0 0.7 1.1 14.8
Pinson got some minutes after Kyrie Irving got hurt, and had a very pretty 12-point-performance against the Charlotte Hornets in December. He’s a guy with a team-1st mentality that helped North Carolina make the National Championship in college. Pinson was waived to make a spot for Tyler Johnson in the bubble and was shortly thereafter picked up by the New York Knicks. His full 1st name is actually Theophilus which gives him extra points.
435. Iman Shumpert (Brooklyn Nets)
6’5, 30.2 years old

Iman Shumpert PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
Stats 4.2 2.6 0.9 0.2 0.9 5.3
Per-36 8.1 5.1 1.8 0.3 1.8
Shumpert did a solid job of finishing at the rim (62nd percentile in NBA) and his steal% of 2.2 was in the 96th percentile. Still, he was cut in December 2019 and he was not picked up before the bubble. We will see if his NBA career continues in 2021.
434. Melvin Frazier Jr (Orlando Magic)
6’6, 24.0 years old

Melvin Frazier Jr PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
Stats 2.1 0.5 0.2 0.0 0.1 9.9
Per-36 11.4 2.9 0.9 0.6 2.6

Melvin Frazier Jr PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
G-League Stats 18.1 6.6 2.1 0.6 2.2 16.6
Frazier Jr showed a smooth scoring ability in the NBA, with 8/16 total 3-pointers-made. He scored 10 points in the season finale against the Pelicans (one shot made was a 3-pointer over 7-footer Jaxson Hayes) but is still firmly etched behind Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross at SG.
433. Moses Brown (Portland TrailBlazers)
7’1, 20.9 years old

Moses Brown PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
Stats 1.2 1.6 0.1 0.1 0.1 6.7
Per-36 12.0 15.3 1.1 1.1 1.1

Moses Brown PPG RPG APG BPG SPG PER
G-League Stats 14.4 7.7 0.2 1.3 0.4 27.4
Brown has a lot of potential and still has not turned 21 yet. His G-League stats are very impressive as he also shoots 64+% from the field and watching highlights, he is a very dangerous weapon in the G-League. At 7’1 and not even 21 years old yet, he has great mobility and his ceiling is a more mobile Hassan Whiteside. Mark my words, Brown could be a top 100 player in 3 years.
432. Deonte Burton (Oklahoma City Thunder)
6’5, 26.6 years old
Burton is an exciting player to watch with incredible athleticism at 6’5, but didn’t really play much after the early part of the season and Deonte only played in game 1 of the Houston/OKC series so far (2 minutes and 4 seconds). He showed more promise in 2019 but also has been able to remain on the Thunder’s active roster just about the whole season.
431. Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets)
6’8, 31.7 years old
Shortly before the season was suspended, Nicolas Batum apologized for his 5-year-$120 million dollar contract. Stating to The Charlotte Observer:
“I apologize to the people here,” Batum said, “because they put so much faith in me. And it didn’t go well…. It didn’t work out.
Batum went on to say:
“This franchise has got a bright future,” Batum said, “but I don’t think I’ll be part of it.”
430. Rayjon Tucker (Utah Jazz)
6’5, 22.9 years old
Tucker has some solid scoring ability (he ended the NBA season with a 17-point-game and an 18-point-game) but needs to improve playmaking to be more than a 3-and-D guy at the NBA level. Still, he has confidence and room to improve.
429. Tacko Fall
7’6, 24.7 years old
The amount of young players the Celtics have to develop is ridiculous. Fall clearly has elite ability in the paint, it’s more of a question of whether he can have the conditioning to be a solid NBA player along with if he can improve his shooting range. Worst-case scenario if his conditioning improves he can be a dangerous x-factor in a year or two.
428. Vincent Poirier (Boston Celtics)
7’0, 24.9 years old
I had Tacko a spot ahead of Poirier originally but flip-flopped them as Poirier’s game is a little more advanced to this point. Vincent clearly has talent, as shown by his per-36 stats (11.4 PPG, 11.9 RPG) I’ll put it this way: I think he could hold his own in Daniel Theis’ spot.
427. Joakim Noah (LA Clippers)
6’11, 35.5 years old
Noah scored 9 points in the season finale against the Thunder, but thus far in the playoffs has only played 1:04. Still, Joakim is just happy to get one final chance at competing for a championship. He rebuilt his reputation in Memphis in 2019 but was sidetracked after slashing his right achilles back in September. Noah got right back to work after this setback, telling The Athletic:
“People don’t realize you kind of have to be crazy a little bit,” Noah said. “You have to have that crazy dedication to your craft to be able to play at this level.”
Which leads me to my point: even as the 427th best player in the NBA, you have to have crazy dedication.
426. Corey Brewer (Sacramento Kings)
6’9, 34.5 years old
Once upon a time Corey Brewer scored 51 points in a game, now he was a late-season addition before play resumed inside the bubble for the Sacramento Kings. Brewer gave the Kings the ability to play small-ball more, but his impact was minimal and Sacramento missed the playoffs once again. Like his former college teammate Noah, this is likely Brewer’s last season.
425. Ed Davis (Utah Jazz)
6’10, 31.2 years old
Davis has been one of the more underrated rebounders in the league for a few years now, but in 2020, Ed had minimal impact for the Jazz and missed the 1st round of the playoffs with a knee injury. Shortly before he signed with Utah, Davis put things in perspective, telling The Athletic:
“A lot of guys won’t say it, but trust me, 99.9 percent of the guys it’s about money just like for your job. You’re going where the money is at. People look at us athletes and think that we’re not supposed to take what’s best for us. It’s definitely about the money.”
424. Troy Daniels (Denver Nuggets)
6’4, 29.1 years old
Daniels best game was a 28-point-game in a scrimmage against the New Orleans Pelicans and he likely would have finished higher had that game counted. Daniels is a 3-point-specialist with below average efficiency from that range (34.8%) but as shown by the scrimmage, can still go on a scoring rampage any night. He did hit a 3-pointer in game 2 vs. the Jazz and is still in the playoffs, as we saw his rookie year in Houston, who knows what can happen with playoff Troy Daniels.
423. Evan Turner (Minnesota Timberwolves)
6’7, 31.8 years old
In the right situation I still think Turner is talented enough to have a spot in the league. He finished in the 96th percentile for AST% and BLK%, and as a 6’7 x-factor off the bench, Turner could still be effective depending on the situation he is put in. Turner put things in perspective during the struggle of a season he had, telling The Athletic:
“The shit could be worse, you know?” Turner said to reporters in Boston this month. “I’ve been fortunate enough to play a lot of basketball and be in the right mindset and right frame and be able to be paid well, so it’ll figure itself out. The only thing I can do is stay ready and control what I can control.”
Shit that’s good advice for me right now. Thanks Evan.
422. Bruno Caboclo (Houston Rockets)
6’9, 24.9 years old
Okay I’ll say it: I think Bruno would be solid if given the chance. He was impressive for Memphis and Houston in limited playing time (I had him ranked close to top 300 last year) Caboclo just needs the opportunity. That opportunity is not coming from Memphis or Houston, put him on a tanking team and he would be a fan favorite immediately. He’s there just needs the chance.
421. Matthew Dellavedova (Cleveland Cavaliers)
6’4, 29.9 years old
On 2nd review, Delly had a few nice games and I moved him up 10+ spots before posting this final ranking. He only averaged 3 PPG but he was also (probably wrongfully) delegated to benchwarmer because when given an opportunity to expand his game, Matthew shined at times. Shortly before the season was suspended he had a 14 point/11 assist performance vs. the Spurs. He could still contribute as a 2nd string PG.
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2020.09.01 15:35 ZandrickEllison Offseason Blueprint: the Indiana Pacers clearly aren’t happy with the status quo, but changing it may not be so easy

The playoffs continue to rage on with some awesome Game 7s on the horizon, but there are 20 teams sitting at home with nothing to do but wait for next season to start.
For their sake, we wanted to look ahead with the third edition of the OFFSEASON BLUEPRINT series.
Today, we’re looking at the Indiana Pacers, who joined the offseason more quickly than they had hoped.
step one: space, the final frontier
Only a few weeks ago, the Indiana Pacers re-signed coach Nate McMillan to a longer contract. As it turns out, it was the least meaningful "extension" since the honeymoon of the man with microphallus.
At first glance, it's really hard to understand why the Pacers reversed course and fired McMillan. Sure, he got swept in the playoffs again, but he'd had a solid resume prior to that. Over the past 3 years with the Pacers, McMillan had gone 48-34, 48-34, and 45-28 (a 50.5 win pace.) Not only is that a solid tally on its own, it's also 21 wins more than preseason expectations; their vegas oveunders were 31.5, 47.5, and 46.5 respectively. In fact, McMillan even got some Coach of the Year votes this season.
If you take a closer look, it's easier to pinpoint the "motive" to this murder. Offense. Playing style. Shot selection. The front office had been pushing for a more modern style -- more threes, essentially -- and McMillan didn't do enough to adjust. To be fair, he did try to some degree. In 2016-17, the team averaged 24.5 three point attempts per game. In 2018-19, that went up to 25.4. This year, the team averaged 28.0. The trouble is: the Pacers were taking steps, while the rest of the league around them was taking giant LEAPS. Despite more threes, their league rank compared to their peers went from 26th to 29th to 30th (dead last) this past season.
As it stands right now, the Pacers were 30th in three point attempts, and 30th in free throw attempts. That's the type of shot distribution that would cause Daryl Morey to wake up in night sweats.
Now, look, every team doesn't have to play "Morey-Ball." It's not automatically connected to offensive efficiency. If you zig while other teams are zagging, perhaps you can take them by surprise and carve out your own niche. Still, the math isn't going to be on your side. And clearly, the front office won't be on your side either.
So looking forward, the Indiana Pacers need to get on the same page and commit to a more modern offense. That's going to include the next coach, but it wouldn't hurt the front office to take a look in the mirror themselves at the same time. They apparently wanted spacing - spacing - spacing, and then proceeded to draft another center (Goga Bitazde) in R1. After that, they let their best shooter (Bojan Bogdanovic) leave in free agency. This isn't the behavior of a team that actually wants to remake their playing style. Hopefully, this McMillan drama will serve as the wakeup call the franchise needs to fully commit.
step two: a new sheriff in town
There's no doubt that "offense" brought down Nate McMillan, and there's no doubt that "offense" will be the priority for the next coach.
The Pacers will have that luxury, especially if they retain top assistant Dan Burke. Burke's one of the best defensive coordinators in the game, and has been a key reason that the Pacers have maintained good defense play over the last few decades. It'd be a massive mistake to let him out of the building.
So who are the best offensive coaches available? The big name that we've already started to hear is Mike D'Antoni (on his final year in Houston.) And while that certainly makes sense, I don't know if a 69-year-old coach is going to be the future of the franchise. Ideally, you're looking for D'Antoni: The Next Generation.
Towards that end, Kenny Atkinson would make sense. He actually started his NBA career as an assistant under D'Antoni, and has learned to be ahead of the curve ever since. He's always been committed to a modern "pace and space" offense. In his time in Brooklyn, the Nets ranked in the top 5 in three point attempts every single year.
While D'Antoni and Atkinson are the obvious names, I'd also recommend a few assistant coaches that have been waiting for their first opportunity. New Orleans' assistant Chris Finch is my top ranked first time candidate. He's won Coach of the Year honors in Britain, in Belgium, AND in the D-League before becoming a top assistant in the NBA. Throughout, he's acquired a reputation for running a fast paced offense, often facilitated through big men. If Finch has the chance to take over New Orleans, he may stay there, but he's worthy of an opportunity somewhere soon.
I also like an unheralded coach named Nate Bjorkgren, currently an assistant on Toronto. Everyone wants the "next Nick Nurse," and Bjorkgren has as close of a connection as anybody. He coached under Nurse in the G-League, and coaches under him again in Toronto now. He's also proven his chops on his own, having multiple successful stints in the G-League as a head coach. Like Nurse, Bjorkgren is a kid from the heartland (from Iowa, went to South Dakota) who may relish the opportunity to take over this particular program.
One last name to throw out is Stephen Silas. He's been on the verge of a coaching job for several years now, and may make it over the top now that he's a top assistant on Dallas, the # 1 offense in the league. Silas is a little low-key as far as his energy, but Indiana may be a nice low-key market for him. While names like Bjorkgren or Silas may not be big splashes (compared to D'Antoni), they'd also be a heck of a lot cheaper.
At the end of the day, improving offense isn't as simple as "shoot more threes!" A new coach will hopefully install more movement, more creativity, and in turn, that will lead to more open threes. But no doubt, that's the side of the ball that the new coach will need to focus on first.
step three: dip your toes in the trade market, but don't dive in blind
If the front office isn't happy with their current team, then their options for a remodel are going to be limited. The team has $125M in salary committed next year already, and they don't own their R1 pick (via the Malcolm Brogdon sign and trade.) The only real chance the team has to shake up the roster is through trade.
One potential move may be to break up the "two big" lineup of Domatas Sabonis and Myles Turner. It's an unconventional approach in today's game, and may be contributing to the offensive spacing issues. Both Sabonis and Turner make about $18M a year on long-term deals, which would make them solid assets in any potential trade.
Personally, I wouldn't force a deal on this front(court.) It's not an ideal pairing, but there's some synergy here. Offensively, Sabonis plays the role of point center well, playmaking and crashing the glass. Turner's ability to shoot the three allows him some space in that regard. Defensively, Turner's shot blocking helps cover for some limitations Sabonis may have on that end.
More than that, there's only so many minutes that bigs can play anyway. If we presume that each will be penciled in for about 32 minutes a night, then you could play each of them 16 minutes with each other, and 16 minutes without each other. That way, you'd have a good center on the court for all 48 minutes of action. The "two big" lineup would only be out there for 16 of those 48 minutes (33%).
If a favorable trade comes along for either Turner or Sabonis, I'd do it. If Golden State offers the # 2 pick, then I'd do it. If Tommy Sheppard in Washington gets drunk and offers Bradley Beal in a package, I'd do it. But my point is, the Pacers don't need to feel pressure to break up their bigs if the deal doesn't overwhelm them.
A decision regarding Victor Oladipo may be more urgent. There's more of a ticking clock here. Oladipo's entering the last year of his contract, and he may be expecting a big fat extension soon.
There's going to be some internal and external pressure for the Pacers to re-sign an All-Star like Oladipo, but I'd be hesitant to commit to him with huge money at this stage. Injuries have limited Oladipo ever since his breakout season in 2017-18. More than that, there's some concern that he'll never repeat that high of his 2017-18 anyway.
If you look at Oladipo's scoring efficiency, you may feel the same way.
2013-14: 51% true shooting
2014-15: 53%
2015-16: 53%
2016-17: 53%
2017-18: 58%
2018-19: 52% (only 36 games)
2019-20: 51% (only 19 games)
Based on that simple metric, the 2017-18 screams "outlier." Perhaps Oladipo will get back to 100% fitness and get back to that level, but it's a leap of faith at this point. The team needs to tread lightly here. Committing to a 4-5 year deal for a star that underwhelms or stays injury-prone is a great way to sink a franchise.
If there's another team out there that's going to treat Oladipo (and trade for Oladipo) like he's a proven and sure-fire # 1 option, then the Pacers should strongly consider a deal. If I ran the team, I'd cut together a few Oladipo highlights, set it to an Oladipo-sung soundtrack, and hope to entice other GMs to overpay. If the team can insert more of a pure shooter in that spot (say Buddy Hield) the offense may gel together.
step four: tweak like a proper Midwestern meth head
Realistically, the coaching decision is going to be the major one of the offseason for Indiana, because a blockbuster trade is unlikely to come into fruition.
In the absence of that, the team will need to make some tweaks on the margins to help improve the offensive efficiency. To that end, I'd recommend they give more playing time to shooters like Justin Holiday and Doug McDermott.
To do that, the team will need to re-sign Justin Holiday first. He signed a team-friendly one-year deal with them last offseason, possibly because his younger brother Aaron plays backup PG for the team. There are some mixed reports about whether Justin wants to return again, but the Pacers should make him a priority. He's been perpetually underrated as an NBA player, and showed that again this year with good shooting (40.5% from three) and solid defense, aided by his 7'0" wingspan. This is the type of 3+D role player that every team could use right now. Justin Holiday started 6/73 games and averaged 25.0 minutes this year, but I'd like to see both of those numbers increase.
Similarly, it may be time to add more McMinutes for Dougie McBuckets. Coming out of Creighton, there's always been a fear that McDermott was a great "college player" who'd never thrive in the NBA. Now 28, he's found his rhythm. He's shot 41.2% from beyond the arc for his career, and that hit a career high of 43.5% this year. In fact, he led the team in three point makes per game, despite only playing 19.9 minutes a night. There's always going to be a defense and athleticism deficit here, but perhaps playing McDermott next to rim-protecting Myles Turner would help mitigate that. There's a legitimate chance a new coach could cover and gameplan for McDermott, and help him get up to 25-30 minutes a game. If he does that, 15 PPG could be within his sights. The Pacers are the type of team that needs to sacrifice some defense for offense, and they may have a good option on their hands right here.
From the "deep cut" file, keep an eye on swingman Brian Bowen as well. He was a former top high school recruit who got a little lost in the shuffle, and ended up on the fringes of the NBA. Still, there's the potential that he could develop into a rotational player as well. This past season, he averaged 16-8 in the G-League, and flashed some upside as a two-way player. Fun bonus: he also has funky hair. And at the end of the day, isn't that what truly matters anyway?
TL;DR
The Indiana Pacers can try to swing a big trade, but in the absence of that, their options will be limited (no cap room, no draft pick.) More likely, any major changes will come through the hiring of an offensive-minded head coach.
previous offseason blueprints
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